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The Snoop 8.29.2013

This may come as a shock to some, and you may find it hard to believe. But you cannot believe everything you read on the Internet. I use the following as an example.
Now, I am not a fan of Obamacare. In fact, I think it is going to compromise the level of healthcare we receive in this country, force many companies out of business, and open the door for even more fraud by politicians in Washington. But in defense of the so-called Affordable Care Act I share the following:
“What does this word mean? Dhimmitude.
“The word ‘Dhimmitude’ is found in the new health care bill; so what does it mean? Obama used it in the health care bill. It is also included in the health care law. It’s on page 107 of the healthcare bill.
“It is a REAL word. Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-Muslim populations conquered through jihad (Holy War). Specifically, it is the taxing of non-Muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence and as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to Islam.”
The e-mailed piece goes on to say:
“Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured. Islam considers insurance to be ‘gambling’, ‘risk-taking’, and ‘usury’ and is thus banned. Muslims are specifically granted exemption based on this. How convenient. So I, as a Christian, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, and even accounts receivable, and will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health insurance needs paid for by the de facto government insurance. Non-Muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize Muslims. This is Dhimmitude.”
That is what was sent to me. Here’s what I found through a few minutes of research.
Dhimmitude was coined in 1982 by the Lebanese President and Maronite militia leader Bachir Gemayel, in reference to perceived attempts by the country’s Muslim leadership to subordinate the large Lebanese Christian minority. In a speech of September 14, 1982 given at Dayr al-Salib in Lebanon, he said: “Lebanon is our homeland and will remain a homeland for Christians… We want to continue to christen, to celebrate our rites and traditions, our faith and our creed whenever we wish… Henceforth, we refuse to live in any dhimmitude!”
From what I can determine, dhimmitude is not used in the healthcare bill at all. I have not read all the law, but I did read page 107 as referenced above and did not find the word, dhimmitude.
In researching the word, I also read: ”One rumor which has grown out of this aspect of the PPACA is the claim that some religious groups, particularly Muslims (but also including Scientologists, Amish, and Christian Scientists), are specifically exempted from health insurance requirements of the PPACA. The fact is that the PPACA legislation does not specifically exclude any particular religious groups from its provisions. The bill contains a general ‘religious conscience’ section which sets forth guidelines under which religious groups who have established conscientious objections to certain forms of insurance may seek exemption from its health insurance requirements…
“Groups such as the Anabaptists (i.e., Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites) would likely qualify for an exemption from the health insurance requirement, as they have an established history of declining Social Security benefits and making their own provisions for dependent members.”
The piece I read goes on to say: “The bottom line is that the health insurance mandate provision of PPACA doesn’t kick in until the year 2014, and between then and now there’s no telling what challenges may be launched (or accepted) regarding who might be exempt from it. Despite frequent mention of the term in Internet-circulated rumors, the word ‘Dhimmitude’ does not appear in the PPACA, and it has no application to U.S. health care legislation.”