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Let us be more Amish

Let us be more Amish

The Amish have a long tradition of, well, tradition, and despite pressures from the modern world, they have managed to protect at least some freedom of religious expression, which is more than most can say.

According to The Young Center for Anabaptist and Prietist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, “the Amish do pay taxes: state and federal income taxes, sales and real estate taxes, and public school taxes. They are exempt from paying Social Security taxes, however, because they consider Social Security a form of insurance and refuse its benefits.”

Another thing from which the Amish are exempt: Obamacare. The Anabaptists, which include Amish and Mennonites, were exempted from Social Security in 1965, and are also exempt from the insurance mandate because they believe that the Bible “instructs them to care for church members who have special needs, including the elderly. To rely on commercial or government insurance would contradict their belief that God will care for them through the church.”

The Amish Studies group writes that, “When caught in a conflict between their conscience and civic law, they cite the scripture verse ‘Obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29).”

Are the Amish left alone because, for the most part, they leave the government alone? The Amish “have formed a national steering committee with representatives in various states to work with public legislators when issues arise,” but generally, “unless a local issue in on the ballot,” the Amish voting turnout is typically low.

A Washington Examiner report issued today reveals that a “Washington, D.C.’s health insurance exchange has awarded a $375,000 grant to abortion provider Planned Parenthood.” Should not citizens religiously opposed to abortion be exempt from funding the nation’s number one provider of abortions?

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