Magazine November 11, 2019, Issue

The First Freedom Fades

(Roman Genn)
Religious liberty’s fate in a secularizing country

A lot of Democrats were annoyed by a comment Beto O’Rourke made at a CNN forum on gay rights. Asked whether churches that “oppose same-sex marriage” should lose their tax-exempt status, the former congressman and current presidential-race asterisk said, “Yes. There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break, for anyone, any institution, any organization in America, that denies the full human rights, that denies the full civil rights, of everyone in America. So as president, we’re going to make that a priority. And we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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