So, in the discussion I’ve been reading about the Susan G. Komen foundation’s awful decision to pull their funding from Planned Parenthood, someone commented that it was wrong to make people contribute to abortion through tax dollars when they have a religious objection to it. Not sure where that came from, because Susan G. Komen is not the government, but maybe they just wanted to go off on how they don’t like it that there is federal funding for Planned Parenthood (which very specifically doesn’t go to abortion).
My initial response is that pretty much everything our government does is going to be against somebody’s religion. None of the Quakers I know are getting tax breaks because they’re opposed to war. Nor do I get to choose not to pay the salaries of the Congressmen who obstruct anything that might help poor people.
Also, taxes don’t actually pay for abortion except in really rare cases where a woman has been raped and qualifies for medical assistance. The argument is that giving any money to Planned Parenthood is paying for abortion because that frees up money for them to do more of that.
But by that token, the government should not give money, even for worthy and good causes, to groups that do something someone somewhere has a religious objection to. Which is everybody, what with religions being varied and mutually contradictory. So I guess we should just stop doing any kind of government grants for education or health or poverty, for fear that the money that pays for these things might go to someone who had an abortion, or is gay, or took the Lord’s name in vain one time. Kids with cancer? Screw em—our sense of religious purity is way more important. And government employees and contractors probably do things that violate other people’s religions on their own time, so we should close the schools and police stations and let our infrastructure rot rather than giving people money that they might spend on gambling or condoms or something.
Taxes just can’t, in any kind of rational system, work like that. I mean, if you ignore the bit about government employees where I get way too sarcastic, I suppose we could allow grants for a specific purpose to organizations that do nothing but that purpose. Like if there’s a state grant to feed the hungry, it has to go to an organization that does only that. Not a church, or a charity that also does other things, because someone might have religious objections to those other things.
So Planned Parenthood could split itself up into several different organizations. And a church that wants to do charity stuff that there might be grants available for could spin off a specific little non-profit. This would be highly inefficient and a colossal waste of money, and as a result people who are being helped currently would not be. And people would still bitch about Planned Not Dying of Cancer’s ties to the evil abortionists at Planned Parenthood.