Fundie Bryan Fischer wants to mandate Americans to attend church & tax the ones that don’t

July 7, 2012
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Taxing the wealthy is not permitted by Conservatives and some even advocate taxing the middle class, as if the phrase, Taxed Enough Already, never passed their lips. Bryan Fischer, the director of the anti-gay rights group American Family Association, had another stuck-on-stupid idea on yesterday’s radio program: using health care reform to mandate that everyone attend church and assess a tax on all those who don’t.

Fischer attempted an explanation saying, “people who have an active, vibrant spiritual life are healthier” and since “Obamacare is all about improving the health of the American people,” we ought to “mandate that you go to church for your own health and we are going to tax the atheists who don’t go to church.”

(I hear a resounding God-like Facepalm from the heavens).

Fischer is demonstrating precisely why so many believe the church should be taxed.

Big thanks to RightWingWatch.org

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  • http://twitter.com/JohnSkylerrox John Skyler

    What a terrible comparison! A mandate that we had to go to church (him being a member of a christian association and church being mostly associated with christianity so I am assuming he means christian church) is blatantly showing a preference for religion and violates the establishment clause. The mandates aren’t apples and oranges…more like apples and chinese food. At least come up with a good retort to the individual mandate (A republican idea)

  • Trenacker

    From what I’ve read about Fischer, he’s a woefully ignorant person — a homophobe and an ideologue of the worst stripe. In this case, however, I think it’s pretty clear that he’s speaking sarcastically — needling “liberals” for their support for a mandate that he believes is equivalent to forcing Americans to engage in behavior against their will. Now, obviously, Fischer is making certain assumptions about healthcare that are frankly very foolish. Much conservative opposition to “Obamacare” appears to stem precisely from its association with the president himself, whom they simply oppose on principle, often without thinking through the implications of their opposition. Still, while Fischer does think that the United States is a Christian nation, and doubts that non-Christians have equal rights (if I remember correctly), it does not appear that this is a serious suggestion.

  • TimFromLA

    What a fucking idiot. Christians!

  • Lparsons1012

    Remember Jones Town ? I fail to see how religion can lead to better health.

    • http://twitter.com/degeneratevern Fred the Red

      9-11 was an attack on infidels and non believers, just another religion.

  • TheLimberMind

    That’s funny, like 90% of those real crime shows start with, “and they good church going people”. I’ll risk it not going.

  • Fake

    All religion is mental illness and should be treated as such.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rocky.kurchak Rocky Kurchak

    Oh, but this violates the first amendment establishment clause.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Richhog Richard Ellwyn Maslen Hogenson

    What happens if you practice at home?

    • Anonymous

      Indeed, religious folk should understand the idea behind “separation of church and state”.

  • ColeBastich

    Sounding very political to me… Time to start taxing his church. Oh, by the way, Freedom of Religion means you have the right to practice your religion however you please, as long as it does not interfere or deny anyone else their beliefs (it’s in the constitution if you actually want to read it…), not My religion or the highway….

    • Arcaderat

      You know, he is pushing for people to go to church, doesn’t necessarily mean christian church…

      Thats it, I will go to church. My church? My living room. My method of prayer? Every new video game I can get my hands on. I will get some company to discount it too, since it is part of my beliefs and who cares what they think, right?

      Also, I think I will go to church on wednesday,make my company have to let me have that day off for religious purposes.

      • Fgn

        Unfortunately, freedom of religion only applies to legally accepted religions. This is why you can’t eat peyote as part of your “own religion”, but you can if you are part of the Native American Church.

        • Nick Blow

          Surely there should be no problem in making a legally accepted religion – they are all baseless claims anyway. They can’t say your religion is any less valid because you cannot prove it.

          • ColeBastich

            True, just look at Scientology… Well, maybe you shouldn’t or the evil lord Xenu will eat your thetan…. Jeez, stars pay thousands to hear that crap…

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