Evangelical radio host: ‘Tax the atheists who don’t go to church’

By David Edwards
Friday, July 6, 2012 11:25 EDT
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American Family Association's Bryan Fischer
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The director of issues analysis at the anti-LGBT rights group American Family Association (AFA) is proposing that the government pass a law requiring that every American go to church or pay a tax penalty.

During his Thursday Focal Point radio program, Bryan Fischer backed a listener’s proposal to have an “individual mandate from the government that everybody has to go to church.”

“Because after all, Obamacare is all about improving the health of the American people,” the radio host explained. “We know that going to church is good for you, it’s good for your health. So we are going to mandate that you go to church for your own health and we are going to tax the atheists who don’t go to church.”

“Now we can’t make you go to church, but we are going to penalize you if you don’t,” Fischer continued. “We are going to assess a tax on every atheist who doesn’t go to church because those atheists are endangering their physical health.”

“That is actually a brilliant, brilliant suggestion.”

Earlier this week, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) used the Affordable Care Act’s individual health care mandate as justification that every person be forced to buy a Glock 9mm handgun.

“Well, I got a great idea,” West said during a campaign rally in Florida on Sunday. “I believe for personal security, every American should have to go out and buy a Glock 9mm. And if you don’t do it, we’ll tax you. Now, I wonder how the liberals will feel about that one.”

Watch this video from the American Family Association via Right Wing Watch, broadcast July 6, 2012.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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