And ALL Western religions (and many Eastern) require tithes.
Oops... so I did. Just loaded all pages and saw that myself.
My bad. You score one there.
But it doesn't change my larger point about the unconstitutionality of Obamacare's mandate on contraceptive services when it comes to requiring that all insurance policies, even those of religious institutions, cover said services.
More to the point, such a mandate is unconstitutional on its face when push comes to shove. But we have grown so numb to such extra-constitutional power-plays by our federal government that such usurpations of our liberties pass almost without notice.
The ignorant masses have grown so enamored of the utopian promises of our "Leviathan" federal government that they don't see the demise of individual liberty and property staring them in the face. They willingly surrender personal soverignty for public "security." Even now we are slaves to the state, it only gets worse from here.
Since 1913 we have been witnessing the death of America as the framers founded it. Bit by little bit, just as Tocqueville and Jefferson warned, our individual liberties, our individual rights to the fruit of our labor are being stripped from us for, we are always told, our "own good" - but it is neither for us or our "good."
Sadly, too few realize this, though entire books have been written about this very process.
The curse of being a well read person is to see the total demise of one's freedoms coming long before it is realized. Even worse, there is no reward for being right about it, there is no gain from saying "see I told you so!" The cognizant will be as much a slave as the ignorant, with none of the comforts of the ignorant not even realizing their plight.
But hey, you enjoy that "utopia" when it comes. Leftists will certainly get what they so richly deserve - a life of slavery to the all-powerful state.
With any luck, I shall be dead before its complete realization.