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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Okay to Opt Out of the Census?

With Rep. Michele Bachmann openly rebelling against the Census, there seems to be a lot of talk about the Census and complying with it. Like everyone, I received my "it's coming" letter recently in the mail and felt irritated. It irks me that the letter touts the benefits of being counted as making "sure that you receive all the government services you have coming to you." (Not an exact quote; I tossed the letter.) I might remind the Census Bureau that the original purpose for the Census (see our Constitution, Article 1, Section 2) is for the apportionment of representatives and direct taxes, not to make sure that you get your share of government services.

Still, it begs the question: what are the legal consequences of rebelling against the Census? And, more importantly, how should I approach this issue as a Christian?

This article gives the legal consequences of refusal, from The National Review Online Corner. It is a good reminder that there are Federal statutes requiring compliance that come with fines, should you be held accountable. Here is another admonishment to fill our your Census form from The Corner.

And, from R. C. Sproul, Jr., some thoughts about this issue and how to think about it like a Christian.


Sharon said...

Oh drat, we miss out on it, since we don't get there until April 6. Did no-one think before setting the census date for April Fool's Day??? xtxS

Mrs. Edwards said...

I'm wondering if you think I'm completely, politically crazy. I hope you'll find me sane and reasonable and even fun to be with! Can't wait to see you, Sister!

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