"The Amish believe it's the fundamental responsibility of the church to care for the material needs of the members of the church," said Steven Nolt, a professor at Goshen College who has written books on the Plain community of Amish.
"And so they don't buy commercial health insurance and they don't participate in public assistance programs."
So while most Americans would be required to sign up with insurance companies or government insurance plans, the church would serve as something of an informal insurance plan for the Amish.
Law experts say that kind of exemption withstands scrutiny."
Seems scrutiny-ready to ME. So, who's to say all our churches don't go into the business? I'd rather pay my CHURCH my $480 a month than Blue Shield or the Government, TRUST ME!
OH, and MUSLIMS MIGHT BE EXEMPT, TOO! It seems that...."Health insurance is haraam like other types of commercial insurance, because it is based on ambiguity, gambling and riba (usury). This is what is stated in fatwas by the senior scholars.
In Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah (15/277) there is a quotation of a statement of the Council of Senior Scholars concerning the prohibition on insurance and why it is haraam:
It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah (15/251): Firstly: Commercial insurance of all types is haraam because it involves ambiguity, riba, uncertainty, gambling and consuming people's wealth unlawfully, and other shar'i
Secondly: It is not permissible for the Muslim to get involved with insurance
I'm so at a loss over this because it seems to me that none of us should have to buy anything we don't want to buy and, because that's being put upon us here very soon, we need to demand exemption, too, on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. Which it is, of course.
So....do you think people will be turning to the Amish church or Islam over this? No, of course not....probably not. But, is this only the start of the slippery slope of Islam or any other group getting exemptions from things American born Christians and Jews DON'T WANT either? Shouldn't we all be treated equally?
(by the way, THIS kind of surprised me!)