Tuesday, July 10, 2012


It Takes a Special Stupid

This is usually Ed Brayton's territory. But Bryan Fisher has just said something so stupid that I have to point and laugh:
Because after all, Obamacare is all about improving the health of the American people," the radio host explained. "We know that going to church is good for you, it's good for your health. So we are going 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.
Just to start, the claim that 'going to church is good for you' is not exactly on a par with 'having access to health care is good for you' but never mind that. And, of course, the purpose of "Obamacare" is not so much to improve health as it is to reduce the social cost of sick people ... the additional taxes we pay to treat people in public hospitals, who might not have been so sick in the first place if they had access to preventative health care ... but never mind that either.

The really amusing thing is that, if we started taxing people for not going to church, then churches couldn't refuse to allow atheists, heretics and other unbelievers in ... the same way we don't allow hospitals to refuse to treat people. As Keith Parsons at The Secular Outpost points out:
Well, if it comes to that, atheists should go to church! They should go to the local fundamentalist barn and sit on the front row in gym shorts and T-shirts. The T-shirt will read: "I won't teach evolution in your church if you don't teach creation in my school." Or maybe: "Jesus, protect me from your followers." They should laugh very loudly and scornfully at every stupid thing that is said, snicker and mutter during prayers, and sing the hymns very loudly and as off-key as possible.
As I said, it takes a special stupid to be a believer like Fisher.

Oh, they don't want us going to their churches. That couldn't work out well for them.
With enemies like that, who needs friends?

Besides, we're already being taxed to support religion in the form of the tax breaks they get. According to this study that amounts to a staggering $71 billion per year. What would be called in the UK 'a nice little earner'.
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