The following is my take on an act that would ultimately call for the removal of religious doctrine that calls for physical violence to others. When I approached friends about this act, the most common initial reply was "so you want to outlaw religion?" The answer is no, I don't want to outlaw religion, I want to outlaw the language used in religion by extremist as an excuse for the horrible things they do to "infidels" and non-believers, and I want to stop supporting these awful organizations through their tax exempt status.
How a religious organization can manage to demand others tolerate them and let them earn income without being taxed while at the same time preaching violence and death to others is a mystery to me.
Gun control laws don't outlaw guns and in this same way, laws against teaching violence through religion does not outlaw religion.
An act to end a call to violence dictated though religious doctrine
Whereas some religions call for physical violence to be inflicted upon those that reject their religion. And whereas freedom of religion is used to gain tax exempt status, regardless of religious doctrine. Be it enacted by the general assembly of the senate, the following legislation.
- Section 1, Application: Any religious organization that adopts doctrines, tenets, precepts, or teachings in written form and cites the written documents as a source for their beliefs shall be subject to this act. This is not limited to legal documentation but extends to “holy books” and other cited material identified with the specified religious organization.
- Section 2, Conditions: Any religious organization, through religious doctrine, that makes a “call to action” that encourages physical harm, or calls for the death of others, be they members of the religious organization, or non-believers.
- Section 3, Reach: This could include a single place of worship or venue, or a complex organization with multiple places of worship, venues, and a hierarchy of persons with various authorities and responsibilities.
- Section 4, Conviction: Upon conviction in a competent court of law, the judge shall sentence the organizer(s) to one of the following punishments as the court shall deem appropriate:
- For the 1st offense, a class A misdemeanor and immediate revocation of tax exempt status for no longer than 5 years. The offending organization will have 90 days to remove and forgo references to materials that contain the offending “call to action” or remove the specified offending segment from their religious book(s) and obtain a copy of the reformed book(s) in published form.
- For the 2nd offense, a class C felony and revocation of tax exempt status for up to 10 years, a retroactive revocation of tax exempt status for the life of the organization with back taxes owed, and no more than 3 years imprisonment.
Religious organization: Organizations that manage the upkeep of places of worship, such as mosques, churches, temples, synagogues, chapels and other buildings or meeting places. This includes but is not limited to the management of all related venues such as websites, broadcast centers and outreach programs.
Organizer: The person or persons responsible for the management of a religious organization.