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Obamacare: Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act Would Prevent Taxing Catholic Church
Catholic Online ^ | 7/12/12 | Deacon Keith Fournier

Posted on 07/12/2012 9:07:35 AM PDT by tcg

On Thursday, June 28, 2012 the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate of the Affordable care Act (aka Obama Care). The dense opinion was authored for a 5- 4majority by Chief Justice John Roberts. Justices Kennedy, Alito, Scalia and Thomas strongly dissented. However, a Court speaks through its majority. The Majority opinion upheld the mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, not under the Commerce Clause, but as an exercise of Congress' power to tax.

The Obama Administration initially argued that the penalty for non-compliance with the Affordable Care Act's mandate to purchase insurance was not a tax. In fact, candidate and then President Obama, as well as the Congressional proponents of the legislation, argued that it was not a tax. They changed their position in the Chambers of the US Supreme Court. Now that the Supreme Court has held that the penalties for non-compliance are a tax, the political opposition has shifted. For all of us concerned about Religious Liberty, this is about much more than semantics. The Administration is saying violate your faith or pay a punitive tax to the Federal Government!

The major First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion concerns triggered by the HHS Mandate in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act have given rise to numerous lawsuits on their way to the US Supreme Court. They properly argue that the implementation of the Act through the HHS Mandate is unconstitutional because it violates the Free Exercise of Religion under the First Amendment. Those cases might have become moot had the Court struck down the Act. They are now more important - and much more urgent - than before...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: catholic; hhsmandate; obamacare; religiousfreedom
The Supreme Court has ruled that those fines or penalties for non-compliance with the Affordable Care Act are a tax. Thus, the Federal Government will soon tax the Catholic Church for abiding by its deeply held religious convictions in its ministry to people in need. These taxes could have the practical result of closing many of the Church's outreaches, ministries and institutions of care and compassion. This not only injures the Church and violates the Constitution, it injures American society and is an offense against the common good.
1 posted on 07/12/2012 9:07:46 AM PDT by tcg
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To: tcg

0-shithead is purposely antagonistic towards those he feels are the opposition.

I really hate the man-boy.


2 posted on 07/12/2012 9:44:25 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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Wasn't it Roberts' view that a "tax" is an exaction at a moderate level?

The ACA taxes to be levied on Church entities are destructive, not moderate.

This not only injures the Church and violates the Constitution, it injures American society and is an offense against the common good

The ACA, whether inflicted on religious entities and/or on private individuals is an offense against the common good.

3 posted on 07/12/2012 10:56:01 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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