Preachers and Smoking

Our liberty-impaired state legislators are considering a state-wide ban on smoking in “the workplace.” Our county government, who is equally unfamiliar with freedom, passed such a ban over a year ago, but it exempted bars. The pending state-wide ban would have no such exemption. There can be no “smoking” and “non-smoking” sections as have been typical for the past 20 years or so.  There is just to be “no smoking” in any building used for business.

The hypocrisy is glaring – that those who impose their will upon us want us to be able to go to a bar and drink as much alcohol as we like before we drive home, but we aren’t allowed to smoke while ruining our liver and impairing our judgment before getting in our car.  You can wipe out a family of five because you drive after a few drinks, but you can’t offend anyone in a bar by smoking.

As if it’s the government’s place to decide for us what to do with our bodies in the first place! They claim “it’s for our own good.” Who gave them the authority to decide what is for our own good? The government couldn’t care less about our health, except as it potentially affects our ability to pay them tithes in the form of taxes. It’s not about our health, it’s about power: the power one group of people wants to exert over another group.

To make matters even more ridiculous, a group of local ministers is now lobbying FOR the ban. As is typical of those who must pander to keep their coveted 501(c)-3 exempt status, they will lick the master’s hand and agree with whatever Big Brother wants. After all, that tax exempt status is worth literally MILLIONS of dollars to churches, and is what allows them to gather riches that bank execs can only dream about. So, if the government wants something, there will be a group of ministers who are eager to demand that the government do that, and will hold a media event to show how pious and subservient they are.  For a church to be critical of the government means that it may have its tax exempt status “reviewed” by that same government. Besides, religions have an even longer history of wanting to control citizens than our government does. This is no doubt the very same group of ministers who routinely demand that the government impose draconian gun control measures.

It’s not about safety. It’s not about our health. It’s about imposing their will on everyone else. It’s about control. That’s why the government loves them so. In most matter, the religions fall right in lock-step (or should that be goose step) with the government when there appears to be an opportunity to control citizens.

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