Jizya is the tax imposed on non-Muslims in countries run by Muslims. It is a tax based on the individual's faith. It is designed to oppress and embarrass non-Muslims and to convince them to convert to Islam.
Obama has imposed his own Jizya based on what people believe in the HHS mandate.
The HHS mandate imposes huge fines, or as Justice Stevens would say, taxes on people of faith who do not wish to pay for chemical abortion, contraception, and sterilization.
The HHS mandate requires companies to pay for two kinds of chemical abortifacients as well as surgical sterilization.
If a person says no they will not go against their faith; crippling fines, designed to destroy them, are imposed.
For example the Hobby Lobby chain would have to pay $1,300,000 per day in order to not be forced to violate their religious beliefs.
Effectively Obama is imposing a harsh tax on those who do not adhere to his faith. If they can't pay they are denied their First Amendment rights and they are forced to go out of business.
Just like the Jizya, Obama's tax on people whose faith he does not share is designed to drive those people out of the public square or force them to eat the modern version of meat sacrificed to idols.
What sort of America would it be if we demanded that atheists pay taxes to support churches? Yet Obama has no problem demanding that people of faith do as he commands and subsidize what they morally object to.
But Obama's Jizya is a danger to all Americans irrespective of their faith. If the government can, through tailored taxes based on people's beliefs, economically attack anyone who does not toe the Presidents ideological line, no one will be safe.
If Obama can impose crippling taxes on those who don't want to fund abortions there is nothing to stop him from imposing taxes on people who are overweight or those who have too many children.
It's important to realize the truly revolutionary nature of Obama's Jizya. This is the first federal tax based not on economic activity but on the moral beliefs of individual Americans.
If the government can tell us how to spend our own money, under pain of targeted taxes, then everyone could be targeted who is not in lockstep with Obama's personal beliefs.
Americans need to understand that the HHS mandate is a tax based on peoples faith and that it is specifically designed to force Christians in America to either give up their businesses or deny their faith.
If Americans allow this precedent to stand; if we jettison the religious liberty of Americans our country will turn its back on all that the Founding Fathers stood for.
For if the government has the right to impose a single set of beliefs on all Americans then the government no longer works for the people. Instead the people work for the government.
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