Hutterites may call it religious persecution, others call it the law of the land, but our theological cousins (“Aw mom, do we really have to claim THEM?!“) are now required to offer workers compensation.
Pretty tough thing to do on a communitarian-based salary.
What I find most interesting about the article is Justice Brian Morris’s argument resting on the ‘analogous’ decision previously made in regard to the forbidding of American Indian’s use of peyote in their religious rituals (while the government makes billions off of white ‘legal’ intoxicants) and Jimmy Swaggart’s line of propaganda-predicated accessories.
Really? You really think this is in the same camp/universe/space-time continuum of Swaggart not trying to pay taxes on the cheesy wares he hocks?
I’m guessing it doesn’t take much to be a justice.
About the Author
Tripp York teaches religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the author of more than half a dozen books including, Third Way Allegiance, The Purple Crown, and Living on Hope While Living in Babylon. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming three-volume collection called the Peaceable Kingdom Series. An actor and a lighting designer, Tripp also surfs and spends his weekends shoveling elephant and giraffe poop.