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NH House votes down gay marriage bill because of religious liberty protection clause

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g5jamz    1,125

You mean like....black colleges?

Whites can go to black colleges...but don't expect entrance standards subsidies.

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rodeo    14,036

You mean like....black colleges?

exactly like them, because they have to admit everyone.

just like the wiccan club at my mom's work had to admit a bunch of frat boys who make fun of them :D

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Matt Foley    1

not the point. The point is they have to obey the law, not obey the law with a smile and a fruit basket.

Is that some kind of gay joke? You homophobic......homo.

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Epistaxis    51

i came into the thread not having a problem with it because yes, churches should be allowed to discriminate all they want. but zod raised a good point with taxes. an organization should not be allowed to be tax exempt and discriminate at the same time. that is in essence government sponsored discrimination.

ditto

can't have cake+eat it

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Mr. Scot    34,975

Requiring that a group hold certain beliefs in order to be recognized as a valid religion is equal to government infringement on freedom of religion.

It works both ways.

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Davidson Deac II    4,358

Just to clarify, you are ok with churches not marrying interracial couples?

Doesn't matter if he is ok with it. If you force them to do it, then the first amendment is being violated. And fwiw, the tax issue is irrelevant. Should a religion lose its tax exempt status just because it does something that society disagrees with? Mr. Scott is correct.

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rodeo    14,036

tax exemption for religion is not in the constitution. that is a special privilege. it's not infringing on freedom of religion in the least. it is giving them all the freedom in the world to do what they want, and to pick between keeping discrimination or their special privileges. they're still 100% free to practice their religion as they see fit.

to answer your question, DDII, yes, they should lose it. why shouldn't they?

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rodeo    14,036

do you guys like the idea of your tax money subsidizing the westborro baptist church's military funeral protests? because by not paying taxes, that's exactly what's happening. you're pulling their weight.

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Darth Biscuit    12,581

tax exemption for religion is not in the constitution. that is a special privilege. it's not infringing on freedom of religion in the least. it is giving them all the freedom in the world to do what they want, and to pick between keeping discrimination or their special privileges. they're still 100% free to practice their religion as they see fit.

to answer your question, DDII, yes, they should lose it. why shouldn't they?

This is a question rodeo... I don't know the answer, which is why I'm asking... obviously it is not in the constitution that churches are tax exempt... why are they, when did that happen?

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rodeo    14,036

i don't know either. i know it's 501c3. i can't find any info about its origins though.

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