Sunday, April 8, 2012

Freedom of Religion? from Mandates?

Perhaps the funniest aspect of the challenge to the healthcare mandate is that just last year, the Supreme Court gave short shrift to the Establishment Clause—which protects freedom of religion by enforcing the barrier between church and state—because an Arizona law used a tax to subsidize religious schools rather than a direct subsidy. Let's hope the Court remains willing to ignore threats to liberty (then government subsidizing religious education; now the mandate) whenever lawmakers call the threat a tax! Sadly, it may be that tax expenditure analysis applies only to policies supported by the left…

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