NO G-d in Tax Code and NO Exemption from Laws

by Teréza Eliasz-Solomon (HeiressMommy™)

politics-religionWe are on the proverbial “slippery slope” my friends concerning religious organization demanding exemption from the iconic Obama Health Care Reform Act [ACA] . Trust me that this will not work out well for faith based efforts in the end … no nation can exist or tolerate the dictates of a religious body – history has proven as much. The intermingling of religion and government will most surely hurt religion more drastically than visa verse. I, as a practicing Jew, want ALL faiths protected and to do that in a non homogeneous nation like the United States must mean no religious oversights to our laws. Only an adherence to civil  programs without the individual particulars of any one religious doctrine will guarantee a permanent and REAL safeguard for faith based institutions in our great country. It is without question America’s unprecedented heterogeneity in nationality, ethnicity, race and religion that is our REAL strength and glory – no one group must ever be allowed to determine or deny the whole of our diverse populace under the guise of religious freedom.

The tax exemption 501(c)(3) for any/all churches and religious organizations is a farce. By now, surely my readers have come to realize that my husband and I were forced to tolerate a bogus almost “ponzi schemed” group that claimed such status while dealing with his ex-wife; this woman claimed fake college degrees via this spiritual organization and even that she was becoming a minister through them and hence should not be mandated to contribute to her children financial [considering her supposed future ministerial low income work]. Does anyone seriously believe or accept that such a quasi religious organization should be allowed to claim tax exemption status? The question of what is and is not a REAL religion means that no faith should be allowed to opt out of civil taxes, for does not the faux faith based group give pause to those of REAL stature. In other words, who exactly decides the legitimacy of a particular religion? I say the members and as I want no control over others religions or they mine, we need to end this joint acceptance of faith get out of paying taxes scenario or face the eventual demonetization of one group by others. To REALLY preserve faith in America, we must ban religion from all government decisions. No I am NOT a socialist and most certainly not an atheist but only a realist – as a Jew, I am sadly only too aware of governments deciding which, if any faith rules the nation. To prevent yours or mine from being denied equal national status, all religions must sensibly agree to stop attempting legislation activity via the pulpit.

The very idea that the Catholic Church or Orthodox Jewish groups or any other group is attempting to opt out of paying or even allowing women access to coverage for birth control under the health care reform act is maddening – dangerous and unconstitutional. Law school 101 informs us in the Establishment Clause that government shall not promote any one religion in the United States – one must therefore ask, how is allowing opting out by a religion from a federal stature not endorsing that faith. Passive endorsement is still a form of promotion … by making an exception for any religious group, we the people of the United States of America are indeed making a statement that we agree with that faith’s promoted philosophies. My personal ideal is to REALLY protect all religions – the established ones and yes, even the fringe new age types – for is not my brother and sister’s right as precious as my own? Obviously, here in the United States the answer is undeniably yes. However, that does not mean I should be forced to finance that which I do not believe in – neither in the affirmative nor negative aspects. Nothing in the Obama administration health care laws/proposal forces any religion to actively or placidly support that to which their faith objects … no, no, no – the only REAL requirement is to offer any employee the personal option and choice for a particular medical coverage. There is no denying that women are the target of these demand exemptions by the church and others – no access to birth control coverage equals almost a form of female bondage and that can not be allowed in this country.

So my solution – for what it is worth – is all faiths pay taxes on property, income, etc.. If that happens then REAL consideration for private decisions concerning what an employee is offered can be logically discussed – until then, if my tax dollars are supporting your organization, my voted into office legislation decisions rule the day. Of course, as it stands now – religions still have tax exemptions and in that reality, we must insist all is equal as far as federal laws concerning health care coverage. No faith based organization is being forced to accept that which they find offensive but only and singularly to allow its employees equal rights under the laws – the same laws that govern each religion’s very existence here in this REALLY free nation!!!

P.S. In my end 2013 memoir, Heiress Mommy … A Modern Super Woman Life! I will REALLY detail why all things “under the law” matter so much to me!!

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