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    Restoration Act, which was almost unanimously supported by everybody in Congress when it was enacted (and was signed by Bill Clinton), but which I always thought raised very serious problems.

    For example, suppose I found a sect that says women go to hell if they have sex outside of marriage, and that to prevent this, they have to submit to arranged marriages as soon as they reach puberty. Does that shield the male members of my sect from prosecution for sex with underage girls? Or suppose my sect requires the torture of animals as a means of expunging evil spirits from its members.  Does that exempt its members from cruelty to animal laws?  Just what is a compelling government interest in such cases?

    My hunch is that they'll rely on the fact that no employer is really required to purchase any insurance under the ACA -- that there's merely a tax if they don't purchase the insurance.  And they'll hold that the RFRA doesn't exempt one from paying taxes on grounds of religious beliefs.  Otherwise, they're going to be setting one heck of a precedent for permitting pacifists to refuse to pay taxes because they support the military, or to permit Christian Scientists to refuse to pay taxes to support conventional medical treatment.

    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

    by leevank on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 05:01:06 PM PST

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