You’ve gotta love the Federal Government. Okay, you don’t. In this article, an LDS man tries to remove himself from the Social Security system because it’s against his religious beliefs and because his church will take care of him. Now, neither of those things are true (I’ll discuss why below), but here’s the governments (9th Circuit Court of Appeals) reasoning for not allowing this:”We affirm the dismissal of these claims because Hansen’s complaint
fails to specify the particular statutes and regulations requiring use
of an SSN (Social Security number) that he objects to, but instead
seeks a general declaration that he and his son are entitled to never
use an SSN. The government has a compelling interest in maintaining a sound social
security and tax system, and that the SSN requirement — with its
limited exceptions — is narrowly tailored to this interest.”
Am I wrong or did they just say “whether it’s against your religion or not is of no concern to us. It’s in our best interests to force you to pay into this system, so we’re not going to uphold the First Amendment, the very reason our forefathers fled England to settle this nation.”
Now, I think the man’s reasoning is pretty flawed. He says it’s against his religion, mainly because he sees it as welfare, I think. He’s right that the Church doesn’t agree with welfare in the form of a dole (giving to somebody without effort on their part). The Church does agree with the idea of welfare in return for service, though. Anyway, SS is not welfare. Since the man is paying into it, he’s getting his own money back, although he’ll get back less than he puts in.
He also says his Church will take care of him. I think every bishop in the Church would foam at the mouth at that statement. Not only does the Church flatly discourage anybody from giving up a savings program so they can rely on the Church, but his idea of the Church taking care of him would be the very welfare he says is against his religion!! Good heavens.
I have a headache…