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…