I love it! The only one that wasn’t included was “I pay for things I don’t want to all the time, like war. I don’t get exempt!”
Lauren – Thanks again for the great suggestion. I have added it to my personal list! So just in case you were interested, here is my response:)
14. “I pay for stuff I don’t agree with all the time such as war. I don’t get an exemption, neither should the church.”
If the health care plan were provided by the government (and generally funded by taxes), I agree that the Church would have a much more difficult time making its case in light of the current position of the Supreme Court on that very issue. The courts have held that the government has a right to levy taxes on all persons, regardless of religion, in order to serve the governments compelling interest in the proper functioning of the government generally, and that the tax system is not set up in a way that would facilitate fragmenting federal taxes for religious exemptions. (It should be noted, of course, that simply because something is legal does not mean that it is moral.)
But we need not reach that discussion on this topic because the Obama Administration, for whatever reason, chose not to provide health care itself through taxation, but rather chose to force employers to provide it. By doing so, it subjected itself to the restrictions created by First Amendment protections.
Thanks, I appreciate it!
Great point, Lauren. Thanks for the feedback. The combox on the post has a couple others that I missed! Maybe I will have to do a follow-up, and see if I can convince Michael to post for me twice in one month
And Steve, thanks for the pingback!
Oh, thank you! For collecting all these together in one spot and putting them so clearly. It’s a real arrow (or set of arrows) in our quiver.
I read your blog from time to time and I love it! Thank you for your witness. Do you have a facebook page for your blog that people can like and share?
This whole topic has my head spinning !!! In Canada, taxpayers have no choice (or very little) how health dollars are spent. There have been cases of people requesting to have their tax dollars diverted to areas other than abortion but with no success.
When I heard talk of bringing back the death penalty my anxiety rose although this is hopefully a flash in the pan. Don’t want my tax dollars supporting capital punishment
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