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(RNS) Nestled in the fine print of the Affordable Care Act is a clause that allows people of certain religions to seek an exemption from the requirement to carry health insurance. But It’s not enough to disapprove of the law.


  1. “The bill is given little chance to pass the U.S. Senate, however, where Democrats have questioned why anyone would want to give the IRS more power to inquire into taxpayers’ religious beliefs.”

    If the Republicans weren’t so deranged by partisan politics, they would see why having the government evaluate what constitutes, “sincerely held beliefs” would be a bad thing, especially for their own religious right supporters.

    Of course there is the assumption by such people is that only Christians will be making such evaluations, and against other faiths. So they believe it won’t affect them. The idiocy of such ideas is so readily apparent.

    For people who claim to want to keep government out of personal lives, granting power to examine one’s very beliefs as a benchmark for taxation is monumentally stupid and self-defeating. It undermines any notion of religious freedom. Not that conservatives these days really pay attention to what the concept means.

  2. Christian Rosencreutz

    As a Mennonite, I think the quotes from Duncan Smith are a little out of context and describe the Amish and maybe some “old order” Mennonites more than Mennonite Church USA.

    We certainly believe in mutual aid, but our members are all across the political spectrum and many Mennonites are supporters of “Obamacare” or even expanding Medicare to everyone. Personally, I would consider a national single-payer system the ultimate mutual aid. I also am much more comfortable with my tax money going to other people’s health care than I am paying for war and subsidies for the corporations and the wealthy.

    But I’m just one Mennonite and certainly don’t represent the views of us all.

    • I Call Shenanigans on Silly Pro ACA Propagandist

      So, you’re a run of the mill Mennonite like the ones at my farmers market? And your named after the founder of the Rosicrucians an esoteric, mystical order that is decidedly not in alignment theologically with Mennonites old or new order.

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