The Tax Code, Not Religious Liberty, is Enemy of Equal Treatment

Thomas Jefferson drew the line of injury at breaking his leg or picking his pocket, but today this is offensive:

“I ask you to consider both sides, read the bill, talk to your friends, talk to your family, do some research and come up with your own decision concerning your vote…Let’s start having conversations now about important issues rather than turning to insulting tactics.”

Those were the words of Lindsey Kolb, State Chairman of the Missouri College Republicans and senior student at Missouri State University, in response to MSU University Ambassador Caleb Hearon’s satire of Christians supporting a referendum on Springfield, MO’s now repealed General Ordinance No. 6141.

Satire is a weapon in the writer’s arsenal that requires a high degree of accuracy to be effective. If Hearon’s piece were satirizing Al Gore’s old buddies of the Westboro Baptist cult, it might have been more coherent. But Hearon is the student who argues that we should stop treating heterosexuality as normal and who implies that Christians hate homosexuals. Ms. Kolb graciously offered a chance for his ilk to be taken seriously and civilly.

It’s the sort of kindness that heaps burning coals on opponents’ heads (Romans 12:20).

As soon as the ordinance was repealed by popular vote, Connor P. Hayes, a rhetoric student at MSU, organized an unsuccessful petition to eliminate Kolb (who doesn’t even vote in the Springfield district) from a banner at the university’s Carrington Hall.

“I do not agree with a university that preaches cultural competence yet endorses a student with an opinion that is the exact opposite,” Hayes wrote on Facebook. “By continuing to display her face on our most recognizable building, MSU is saying they agree with what she has to say.” Never mind that college is supposed to be a haven for exploring and criticizing all opinions, not eliminating them.

The Twitter debacle that ensued pulsated on an emotional spectrum from fearing gays would be evicted from their homes to mocking Kolb’s haircut.

The ordinance these cyber bullies hated to lose equated sexual orientation and gender identity with race as a protected class. The problem with creating a protected class based upon behavior is it threatens freedom of conscience for those who do not want to sanction such behavior – and freedom of conscience (or “religious liberty”) is a foundational block in America’s great Jenga of Constitutional Law.

Religious liberty demands government acknowledge a power greater than itself. Tyrants past and present scrub religious tradition from the public arena so that, like House of Cards’ Frank Underwood, they’re assured “I pray only to myself.” To demand these masters of the natural acknowledge a supernatural design, even over human sexuality, that trumps any design with which they could bribe emotional voters at the ballot box, is to put in their autocratic path a blockade they cannot murder, regulate, or tax into submission.

They rely upon that “overtly emotional appeal to stir hate” that Kolb observed. Our generation has been culturally conditioned to believe the revolution worth fighting for is entitling everyone to a wedding cake, regardless of our future being robbed by a federal tax code (which nobody understands because it is written in the language of Mordor). These same students who became furious about April 7th probably don’t bat an eye at April 15th.

Does the homosexual lobby care about individuals they claim to champion? Ask Chris Barron, Tammy Bruce, and Dolce & Gabbana what happens to anybody who thinks aloud outside the party line.

All who care about the well-being of Americans equally should unite in exposing the corruption of the greatest system of inequality in this country: the tax code.

It taxes one income at 35% with abundant loopholes and another income at none. It punishes the increase of wealth, discourages hiring, begs for evasion, and invents crimes for the sake of political targeting. Even the U.S. v. Windsor case concerning DOMA was actually a result of the estate tax, which exists on the premise that wealth is better off being passed on to the government than to one’s family.

“If you see the oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province,” wrote King Solomon, “do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them” (Ecclesiastes 5:8). Bureaucracy insulates perpetrators from accountability.

In this post-Messianic West, most of what brushes your conscience is between yourself and God. With a simplified tax code, you would have more freedom and disposable income with which to acquire all the wedding cakes, photographs, and homoerotic trysts you so desire. “Follow the impulses of your heart and the desires of your eyes,” wrote Solomon, who was quite the pundit of dysfunctional lifestyle. “Yet know that God (not U.S. government) will bring you to judgment for all these things” (Ecclesiastes 11:9).

Truthfully, all the legislating, executing, and adjudicating across the entire republic cannot alter the X and Y chromosomes, nor the identity of the human individual and the divine law burned on the conscience within. But they can exact money from your pocket.

Nowadays, kids would rather have their pockets picked than hear challenging arguments. While disgruntled youth are wasting time trying to excommunicate Lindsey Kolb or behead Apostle Paul twice, the Leviathan sneaks by unscathed.

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