Yet, today I was shocked and grieved to hear a Supreme Court Justice, in essence, ask why not just pay the penalty and then you don’t have to violate your religious beliefs. Unbelievable! The power to tax is the power to destroy. If the federal government has the power to force anyone to pay a tax or penalty to observe religious beliefs, then they have the power to make the penalty so high the government can ‘prohibit the free exercise’ of those firmly held religious beliefs –precisely what the Constitution guarantees it cannot do.
I also heard the official representative of the U.S. government, that has indicted and convicted corporations of intentionally committing criminal conduct, basically say that a corporation could not have religious beliefs. If a corporation can form the intent to commit a crime, it can certainly have the intent to observe the religious beliefs of its owners, officers, and directors.
Hobby Lobby has provided its employees fantastic heath insurance including most contraceptives –just not the four that can cause the death of a growing unborn child, though the four were put on a required list by unelected bureaucrats. Sadly, under this administration, religious freedom has been under attack and our rights continue to be removed or penalized day by day.
Though paying a subjugating monetary fee to practice Christianity or Jewish faith is required under Sharia law, it is supposed to be unconstitutional to do so under our Constitution. Yet, now we must wait to see if the Supreme Court will allow a business to observe the religious beliefs of its owners. It is my prayer that religious liberty will be upheld in the Supreme Court.
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Lawmaker: Supreme Court questions imply government can tax freedom
March 25, 2014, 04:35 pm
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Tuesday that he was "staggered" to hear a Supreme Court Justice imply today that companies disagreeing with the ObamaCare mandate to provide contraception to their workers should simply not provide it, and then pay the penalty.
Speaking on the House floor, Gohmert said that line of questioning implies that companies and people can only enjoy their freedoms after paying a tax or fine to the government.
"What is being implied by the question is, if you want to avoid paying to kill a child in the womb, then just pay the tax and we'll allow you to observe your conscience, your firmly held religious beliefs," he said.
"It is staggering that anybody, any Justice on the United States Supreme Court, would have rationalized to the point that could ever even dream of saying, just pay the fine, penalty, tax, and then you don't have to pay for killing children."
Gohmert did not name the Justice who asked the question, but several Justices today asked similar questions.
"Can you imagine if King George had set a decree that said pay a $2,000 penalty or tax, and then you can observe your religious beliefs?" Gohmert asked on the floor.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who joined Gohmert on the floor, agreed that this line of questioning indicates that the government can charge people for exercising their freedoms.
"The premise that the Justice is embracing is you don't have a guaranteed right to religious expression and to religious thought," she said.
It is going to take another Revolution to straighten this mess out.
Yes it will take a revelation and it will start before the 2014 elections and finish after the 2016 elections this is the " Revolution " we can not afford to loos.
With this President that self castrated him self with all the lies to the American people lets not forget the " Red Lines in the sand "Thanks to this less then man we have as president our friends do not trust us and our enemies laugh at us. Stop complaining and Do Something VOTE !!!
I think your right. The whole system of government has gone nuts. Revolution seems to be the only course left for us now.
I see no other way...
The Progressives are taking us backwards 500-1000 years...........................................................!
Justice Sotamayor said this, just pay the tax
My thoughts exactly Steven
The unidentified Supreme Court Justice who posed the question 'Why not just pay the penalty ?' is an intellectual Dwarf and one of the most Dangerous people in America. It is truly appalling as Gohmert indicates.
It's Revolution time,folks.....this time they are screwing up royally.........again. yes the 2% are making a mess of the 100% that we're supposed to haveHow? By running it..............duhhhh.
Yes it is, nice weather for it.
actually add 14% of blacks and 25% hispanics