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Minnesota Lawmaker Dodges Tax Question With Jesus Speech (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Republican state Rep. Abigail Whelan dodged a question about offshore tax havens, and chose to speak about her faith in Jesus Christ on May 23 in the Minnesota state House (video below).

Democratic state Rep. Paul Thissen asked Whelan: "Do you think benefiting people who are hiding money in Liberia is worth raising taxes on your own constituents?"

According to ThinkProgress, the question was in reference to closing loopholes that allow Minnesotans to use offshore tax havens.

Whelan issued her forgiveness to Thissen and the Democratic caucus, and encouraged people to become Christians by contacting her:

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It might be because it’s late, and I’m really tired, but I’m going to take this opportunity to share to just with the body something I have been grappling with over the past several months, and that is, the games that we play here. I just want you to know, Representative Thissen and the DFL caucus, I forgive you, it is okay, because I have an eternal perspective about this.

I have an eternal perspective, and I want to share that with you, and with the people listening at home that at the end of the day, when we try to reach an agreement with divided government, we win some, we lose some, nobody is really happy, but you know what, happiness and circumstances, not what it’s about.

There is actual joy to be found in Jesus Christ. Jesus loves you all. If you would like to get to know him, if you’re listening at home, here in this room, please email, call me, would love to talk to you about Jesus. He is the hope of this state and this country.

Whelan reportedly voted with her fellow Republicans against an amendment to close the offshore tax loopholes.

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Whelan appeared in a video for the Family Policy Alliance, the political arm of the Christian ministry Focus on the Family, to promote their Statesmen Academy in October 2016: "There are so many things that I would like to accomplish during my term in office, but I think, first and foremost, it's the will of the Father; so asking God what He wants me to pick up as far as legislation."

In 2016, Whelan co-sponsored a bill to ban transgender people from using bathrooms that match their gender identities in public places and work places, reported The Column.

Whelhan told AM 980 KKMS about her opposition to transgender rights:

We’re entering into an era where good is called evil and evil is called good, I don’t want to… The motives of folks… They, I believe, think that they are doing the right thing and it’s unfortunate. Because as you also said, we know that confusing children is a form of child abuse. Ultimately, when you are questioning your gender identity for years and years.

In May 2016, Whelan supported a bill that would have withheld $14 million from the University of Minnesota's medical research program unless the school stopped using fetal tissue from abortions, reported the Star Tribune.

Sources: ThinkProgress, Family Policy Alliance/YouTube, The Column, Star Tribune / Photo credit: Tony Webster/Flickr

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