The shocking decision of Chief Justice John Roberts to uphold the Obamacare mandate as a tax left undecided many important issues created by this odious legislation.
Of course there is the overall question of the future of the legislation, and that will be decided first by Congress and then by the voters – to express your opposition to Obamacare and demand its repeal please sign our petition here.
But just as important as the mandate as a tax matter is, the issue of whether or not the Obamacare mandate constitutes an unconstitutional infringement on freedom of religion still remains.
Imagine for a moment the outcry if Obamacare included a tax on the hijab, the traditional headwear of many devout Muslim women. Or if Obamacare included a tax on the kippah or yarmulke, the traditional skullcap worn by many Jewish men to demonstrate humility before God.
Yet the fact that Catholics and Evangelical Protestants who oppose abortion and certain forms of contraception might be taxed in the same way elicited hardly a comment from the mainstream media.
It is as if Obamacare imposed a tax on mantillas, the traditional head covering many devout Catholic women wear, and no one cared.
In the face of this oppression, Catholic Bishops and Church-affiliated institutions filed some 23 lawsuits in 14 states and the District of Columbia involving more than 50 plaintiffs.
According to Hannah Smith, senior counsel with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, these lawsuits will "all go forward."
Smith has been quoted by FOX News as saying her group's clients would all opt to disobey the Obama administration rule, in turn subjecting themselves to a $2,000-per-employee fine. She estimated this could cost those groups between $300,000 and $600,000 a year starting in 2013.
The Becket Fund argues that the provision violates what's known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act -- a federal law that bars rules that would impose a substantial burden on religious expression. If you agree, please sign our petition to repeal Obamacare.
But more importantly, the Obamacare tax on religious belief reminds us of one of the foundational reasons for the European migration to the New World of North America – to escape the oppressive rule of the established state religions of European states.
And one of the ways the kings and the states of Europe imposed their will and tried to erase the freedom of conscience of their subjects was by taxing them if they did not adhere to the state religion.
During the time of religious upheaval in England, Catholics and other non-conformists were fined -- or should I say in the words of Justice Roberts -- “taxed” as much as $77,000 a year in today’s money for the privilege of practicing their beliefs.
As Steve Ertelt noted in LifeNews.com, “Nestled within the ‘individual mandate’ in the Obamacare act — that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government — approved insurance or pay a penalty — is an ‘abortion premium mandate.’ This mandate requires all persons enrolled in insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage to pay a separate premium from their own pockets to fund abortion. As a result, many pro-life Americans will have to decide between a plan that violates their consciences by funding abortion, or a plan that may not meet their health needs.”
This “abortion premium” is nothing more than a fine or “Roberts tax” for not adhering to the new Obama-imposed state religion of secular humanism.
When the oppression of monarchs and state religions grew too great, our ancestors had the choice to make the perilous journey to the New World to exercise their freedom of conscience. Those of us living in the 21st Century have no New World to harbor us, as our ancestors did, if we want to flee the oppression Obamacare represents.
With no place left to go, we must stand and fight in the Courts and in the ballot box if we want to preserve our religious freedom in this, the last best hope of man on earth. To express your opposition to Obamacare and demand its repeal please sign our petition here.