Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) today reintroduced the Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act (bill text) to allow religious institutions and private employers with sincerely held religious beliefs to follow the core tenets of their faith, rather than bow to a government mandate that violates their rights of conscience.
"America was founded by strong-willed individuals seeking religious freedom. These freedoms laid the groundwork for what is now the greatest nation in the history of the world. But certain provisions in ObamaCare allow the federal government to infringe upon this fundamental American right -- forcing religious institutions and private businesses to choose between violating their faith-based values or facing substantial financial consequences. Employers with hundreds of employees could face millions of dollars in fines annually. Religious institutions such as parochial schools, hospitals, soup kitchens, and universities, as well as businesses with moral convictions, may have no choice but to violate their consciences or close their doors, unable to afford the staggering confiscatory taxes laid out in ObamaCare.
"Therefore, I am reintroducing legislation that protects our liberties from the federal government's attack on religious freedom in America. In a time when many businesses are already struggling to stay afloat and millions of Americans cannot find work, it is reprehensible for the federal government to punish religious institutions and employers who are creating jobs and contributing to our recovery."
The Religious Freedom Tax Repeal Act of 2013 would exempt employers from penalties, excise taxes, and certain suits that would be instituted against an employer if they fail to provide coverage in their group health plan currently mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that offends their religious or moral convictions.