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Bridget Johnson


March 6, 2013 - 9:24 am

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) is again pushing for a law to protect religious institutions and private employers with deep religious beliefs from having to bend to government mandates that violate conscience protections.

“America was founded by strong-willed individuals seeking religious freedom. These freedoms laid the groundwork for what is now the greatest nation in the history of the world.  But certain provisions in ObamaCare allow the federal government to infringe upon this fundamental American right – forcing religious institutions and private businesses to choose between violating their faith-based values or facing substantial financial consequences,” Sensenbrenner said in re-introducing the Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act.

“Employers with hundreds of employees could face millions of dollars in fines annually.  Religious institutions such as parochial schools, hospitals, soup kitchens, and universities, as well as businesses with moral convictions, may have no choice but to violate their consciences or close their doors, unable to afford the staggering confiscatory taxes laid out in ObamaCare.”

In the last Congress, Sensenbrenner’s bill had 85 co-sponsors but never made it out of a House subcommittee.

“Therefore, I am reintroducing legislation that protects our liberties from the federal government’s attack on religious freedom in America,” he said. “In a time when many businesses are already struggling to stay afloat and millions of Americans cannot find work, it is reprehensible for the federal government to punish religious institutions and employers who are creating jobs and contributing to our recovery.”

The bill would “exempt employers from any excise tax and certain suits and penalties in the case of a failure of a group health plan to provide coverage to which an employer objects on the basis of religious belief or moral conviction.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Well, since Obama care requires monthly free condoms and abortions on demand, I think it should be amended to require a monthly box of free bullets in the caliber of one's choice. And since mandatory preschool apparently is being proposed as a new federal mandate, I suggest all communities over a population of five thousand be required to provide municipal shooting ranges for their citizens and that proficiency in firearms be a graduation requirement from high school. If they can't do algebra at least they can be proficient in gun control and hit the bulls eye at one hundred yards with iron sights.
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