TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION?

 

King George’s Royal Supreme Court has kissed his ring again.  They ruled that mere taxpayers have no business challenging one of His Highness’s Executive Orders.

 

The Order in question—the Faith-Based Initiative—funnels huge amounts of your hard-earned dollars to religious organizations that offer social services, even if they don’t separate their religious work from their social work.  That’s right, you are paying to have the poor/sick/addicted/imprisoned/otherwise-needy evangelized.

 

Even worse, religious organizations that receive government funding are still exempt from anti-discrimination laws in their employment practices. 

 

Consider the case of Lown v. Salvation Army.  Ann Lown was a long-time employee with an executive level position in a non-religious program of the Salvation Army.  She was also Jewish.  Emboldened by the Bush Administration’s policies, the Salvation Army began requiring employees to sign a statement affirming their belief in Jesus.  Lown refused.  Lown was fired.

 

When she took it to court, she lost.  Even though her job was not religious in nature and was funded almost entirely by the federal government, the Salvation Army was still allowed to fire her for being not-Christian. 

 

Hence, the Freedom From Religion Foundation mounted a challenge to King George’s law, arguing that the Faith Based Initiative (enacted by executive fiat without Congressional approval) violated the separation of church and state.

 

“Piss off,” said Justices Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy.  “You have no standing here.”

 

573 more days of King George’s reign.

 

It’s very clear you’re being unfair, King,
No matter what you say, we won’t obey.
Gonna hold a revolution now, King,
And we’re gonna run it all our way
With no more kings…

 

 

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21 thoughts on “

  1. This is so unsurprizing and so depressing… and 573 seems like such a huge number in this instance. We had a local state senator admit that he was an atheist. Despite the fact that everyone interviewed said they’d been happy with his performance, the vast majority said they wouldn’t vote for him again because he had no “moral” underpinnings obviously. Aaargh.

  2. I need some initiative to have faith. Be gone George! There. My faith is on the way to being restored. RYC: It doesn’t prevent them from being a nuisance, it just lets the wildlife officers know which ones are nuisances. Here, their habitat is being lost, you don’t need me to tell you why either.

  3. Why is it that so few of us can see clearly? Dirty windows, I suppose.I’ve re-named the entire family — The Shrubs. Which is unfair as hell to all the Boxwood, Euonymous, etc……but it conveys my deepest feelings ever so beautifully.P.S. If I were Ann Lown, I’d be an ex-pat.

  4. The Revolution is coming.   The King will soon lose his political head to Prince Albert or the new Queen Hillary. The head of Vice King Dickie (who apparently rules in all three branches of the government) will be rolling along right beside of Georgie Boy.

  5. True to form the greed and personal agenda are uppremost again.  I wonder what the framers of the constitution would think as when they, men of faith all, wanted no national religeon and no federal involvement in the day to day running of peoples lives.  I am moving, faster and fsater to a libertarian side of the tracks.  I’m thinking of not paying my taxes.  I just can’t support the agenda of what these folks are doing with my tax dollars.

  6. How offensive.  And Alito siding with contractors against environmentalists, reversing a lower court ruling.  God someone please take this @XXhole off our hands.  Oh no wait, then Cheney would have to be part of the Executive branch. 

  7. Apparently the Christian Fundamentalists are the only people in America with any right to their own religious beliefs.  If the Democrats don’t come up with an extremely appealing candidate this will be only the beginning.

  8. I’m with you on the need for maintaining separation of church and state, but I’ve heard complaints about the Faith-Based Initiative from the other side of the aisle.  We Mormons refused (and still refuse) to take advantage of available FBI funds for our welfare work because they place such tight restrictions on our proselytizing efforts.  I don’t know much in the way of details, but there are some healthy “no evangelizing” strings attached to accepting government money.
    With regards to the Salvation Army, they were swimming in federal funds long before King George’s time.  I’ve always wondered how they get away with that sort of thing.

  9. What irritates me more than anything is when the court shirks an issue by hiding behind the “standing” ruling.  Truly a coward’s way out.

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