Editor-in-chief of The Dailywire, Ben Shapiro threatened to leave or pick up a gun should politicians enact a law that would have religious institutions like churches, colleges, and charities lose their tax-exempt status should they oppose gay marriage.
During an LGBTQ CNN town hall, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke was asked his opinion on gay marriage and his response got conservatives, including Shapiro, all riled up.
Ben Shapiro has some serious issues about independent schools, gay rights and Beto O’Rourke. What has Shapiro so riled up this time?!
During a CNN Town Hall, Thursday night which focused on the rights of LGBTQ, Beto O’Rourke curiously advocated for forcing religious institutions to support gay marriage or lose their tax-exempt status.
“There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution or any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one us,” he declared. “So as president we’re going to make that a priority and we’re going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans.”
“There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us,” O’Rourke expressed.
Shapiro dedicated a portion of his 50-minute show to respond to O’Rourke’s answer, wherein he said he would “pick up a gun” should his religious rights be infringed upon by pro-LGBTQ laws put in place by Democrats.
The conservative commentator started the show by explaining the only thing a Democratic candidate has to do in order to defeat Trump in the 2020 presidential election is be “not totally insane.”
“Naturally democratic have been unable to do that,” he explained. “So we have seen democrats not only go insane over the Mueller report but on policy, they have been swinging radically to the left.”
This dubious comment was pretty much immediately derided as unconstitutional by conservatives and progressives alike, but Shapiro’s piqued response was next level.
“You want a culture war in America,” the diminutive conservative commentator offered, “you damn well have one.”
“If you come to tell me that you’re going to indoctrinate my kids on a particular policy and I can’t pull my kid out of the school…?” Shapiro set up in a classic straw man technique, adding “that I can’t go the church or synagogue that I want to?” Not only will people “not stand for that,” he replied his own rhetorical question, adding his two choices: 1. leave the country utterly or 2. “to pick up a gun.”
“Those are the only choices left to me.”
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