Sunday, February 26, 2012
The state or states seem to have the right to require numerous criteria be filled in order for a business to remain a legally defined and entitled entity. If a Bedouin happens along and says having a mailing address is against his religion he will have hard time insisting that he has a right to 'equal protection' because his right will in turn impinge on the rights of his customers and employees to contact that business. Please correct me if I am wrong but I do not believe the right to be a business is enshrined in the Constitution. If a business does not have to meet the obligations presented to other businesses on the basis of religious beliefs we might as well discard contract law. The ability to legally hire citizens in this country is a privilege not a right. If an entity cannot meet its state mandated requirements for legally employing an individual it simply cannot offer legal employment. I am fairly certain that traditionally small churches around America have at least one 'below board' employee typically a secretary who handles light clerical duties so that the clerics can tend to the flock. This person is often religiously motivated so they are not prone to obligate the church to the full 'above board' state mandated obligations like unemployment insurance, medical benefits, etc. I point this out because we all know it happens and represents the type of 'exceptional-ism' the Churches often grant themselves. Personally, I am in favor of taxing all organizations, religious or otherwise, and strongly regulating entities that file for tax exempt status. In short, if we allow religious exceptions for organizations that operate as employers, we do so at the risk of empowering the victimization of their employees. The state should exist to protect the rights of the citizens at the cost of the privileges granted to non-human organizations. Hallelujah!