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  •  A question for the court majority (2+ / 0-)
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    PJEvans, Back In Blue

    If the government cannot order someone to act against their religious beliefs:

    Would you like to join my church that forbids paying taxes on religious grounds? I'll issue you a certificate of membership for a mere $5,000 per year.

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    by blue aardvark on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 11:36:32 AM PDT

    •  What if I have a religious belief against (2+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, blue aardvark

      the use of water to put out fires (due to the religious principle of water conservation).  Can I then mandate that my building not have sprinklers installed in my office building as local codes require?

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      by khyber900 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 11:46:47 AM PDT

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    •  This isn't that much of a stretch, actually. (1+ / 0-)
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      blue aardvark

      A huge chunk of the Supreme Court's First Amendment jurisprudence exists thanks the the Jehovah's Witnesses.  The JW's refuse to profess allegiance to any state, so they will not serve in the military or pledge allegiance to the flag.

      The Quakers are a pacifist religion (and they're not the only one).  They won't serve in the military, and they oppose all wars.

      It would be easy to imagine members of one of these faiths refusing to pay all or a portion of their taxes on the grounds that they go to support things like waging immoral wars of aggression.  The sincerity of those religious beliefs would be umimpeachable, and if one follows Judge Brown's reasoning, the payment of taxes is compelling JW's and Quakers to support policies they find abhorrent.  Under Brown's logic, how could that not infringe on their free exercise rights?  

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      by FogCityJohn on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 01:03:31 PM PDT

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