The American people are seeking to have their voices heard through their elected officials, including conservatives, but the US Senate appears to be oblivious to that fact -- including Republican senators such as Iowa's Chuck Grassley.
Rather than fighting this attempt at an oppressive government takeover of the private sector, Senator Grassley appears to be more concerned with garnering positive press by not just remaining silent while Democrats shove their health care bill down the throats of the American people, but by proposing his own amendment to bill titled America's Healthy Future Act of 2009, the brainchild of Democrat Senator Max Baucus of Montana.
And what is Sen. Grassley's contribution? An amendment that will allow the Internal Revenue Service to interfere in the internal operation of non-profit, tax-exempt organizations including Christian churches and so-called faith-based organizations.
For decades, the federal and state governments understood the Constitutional protections afforded religious group such as churches, charities and other organizations. The First Amendment declares religious groups' autonomy from government interference or intrusion. And who more than a self-professed conservative Republican should be cognizant of that legal protection.
According to critics -- many of whom are registered Republicans -- Sen. Grassley’s long-armed amendment will use a religious group's tax-exempt status as a rationale for government officials to force unconstitutional disclosures. In other words, Grassley wishes to corner religious groups into a Catch 22 position: a church or faith-based group may retain their tax exemption, but they must also give up their First Amendment rights by yielding up excessive information about their internal policies. Or they may exercise their constitutional rights, but lose their 501(c)(3) status.
Grassley's amendment is the antithesis to the supposed political philosophy of the Republican Party including smaller, non-intrusive government especially in religious affairs. It seems that Grassley is a RINO (Republican in name only) and he is part of the reason the Democrats now control the White House, the House of Representatives and the US Senate.
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