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Taxes to education, not war

Posted: December 4, 2013 - 4:36pm

Companies that morally oppose birth control don’t want to pay for it via Obamacare. That made me think: I’m a peace activist. I morally oppose war, the military, guns, etc., and wish my tax money didn’t support it. Can I take that to the Supreme Court to divert my money for education? 

If corporations are people shouldn’t we, the peace activists, have as much clout as corporations? (Government for the people, by the people.)

Lela Ryterski

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kearbear 12/05/13 - 05:52 am
Obamacare mandates that

Obamacare mandates that employers provide healthcare insurance, at their expense with private funds, not taxpayer money. Force and coercion of government is a violation of an owners freedom to practice religion according to their conscience. Forcing employers to provide coverage for a product or procedure that violates their beliefs is an injustice. Catholic hospitals, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist Health supported the ACA. They did not agree to forfeit their religious beliefs. Religious exemptions have been granted to organizations in the past and hopefully, the Supreme Court will recognize that religious organizations must not be forced to violate their religious beliefs. An individual is free to purchase or pay for any procedure at their expense, or can choose to work for a company or organization that has no religious affiliation or religious objection. Business owners do not forfeit their religious freedoms. Individuals have no right to ask the person who provides their salary and healthcare insurance to underwrite behaviors and choices that are in direct violation of their beliefs.

LJ 12/05/13 - 10:39 am
pro life

I agree Lela, as someone who is pro life and a catholic, attacking nations and murdering innocent civilians is a violation of my religion and taking the majority of my tax money to promote military/war all over the world is a violation of my rights.

I might also add, that the very people that are against abortion are also against people using birth control which makes no sense unless you intend to live in denial of our very basic human nature. Even the catholic church has been forced to accept the use of birth control by the congregation- most people with common sense realize the use of birth control reduces abortions. The Republican party needs to grow a brain.

kearbear 12/06/13 - 06:09 am
Catholic teachings and

Catholic teachings and beliefs are based on the Doctrine of the Church. It is not about whether or not members of the Church accept what is being taught. That is up to free will and personal conscience. If the Church, as an employer, is mandated to provide healthcare insurance to her employees, the Government cannot order a religious organization to violate their core teachings and beliefs. In America, religious rights are protected not denied and coercive government mandates demanding a religious organization participate in an activity contrary to their beliefs is a violation and over reach of Government. America cannot tolerate such abuse.

foxriverfred 12/07/13 - 01:19 pm
The churches make choices. If

The churches make choices. If they choose to involve themselves in public trade and business or in the political arena, then they should operate as such. This means they are taxed and any requirements and regulations of other businesses and political organizations are also requirements and regulations of them.
If they don't want to deal with those rules, stick to church matters...."saving souls", whatever that means.
Then they don't have to provide insurance that covers birth control. That is your issue carebare, correct? Because that seems to be their only serious issue.
Oh, and it wasn't an issue in the 28 states that had regulations requiring insurance companies to cover birth control......not until the ACA, that Heritage Foundation's answer to what to do about health care in this country.
The business owners can maintain their religious freedoms, but if the choose to do business with the public, the business has no religious freedom. It's a business, not a person.
The owner still has his/her religious freedom and is not limiting the freedom of others.
Sorry, but the conservatives are really just a bunch of hypocrites on this issue and now they're getting it in the face.
By the way, what is your solution to this issue? Not just your complaints.
Happy Holidays and Happy War on Christmas!!!!!

JackPTF 01/02/14 - 06:53 pm
Taxes for Peace Not War

There is an alternative to paying for war. In 2013 Congressman John Lewis of Georgia introduced the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund bill into the 113th U.S. Congress. This bill allows those conscientiously opposed to paying for war to pay 100% of their taxes into the Peace Tax Fund which fund is to be used only for peacebuilding. You can learn more about this bill by going to the website of the National campaign for a Peace Tax Fund: www.peacetaxfund.org. The bill when enacted into law would extend the right of conscientious objection to war on religious, ethical or moral grounds to US taxpayers. Ask you congressperson to become a co-sponsor of this bill.

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