Religious Exemptions Under Obamacare: Muslims Exempted?

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Are Muslims exempt from the PPAFCA insurance obligations? Image by mconnors

Are Muslims exempt from the PPACA insurance obligations? Image by mconnors

Dhimmitude and Religious Exemption for Muslims?

Shortly after Obamacare was passed into law in 2010, articles began appearing, saying that Muslims are exempt from the mandate because of their religious beliefs.

The theory goes that Muslims object to insurance because it is “haraam” or forbidden. Purchasing insurance is a form of gambling that involves risk taking and usury, all of which is forbidden by the Koran. Therefore, according to these articles, any Muslim is entitled to apply for and receive an exemption from the Obamacare mandate on religious grounds.

After the PPACA was signed into law, an email was circulated that went even further, saying an exemption for Muslims was ‘Dhimmitude.’ Dhimmitude is a tax that Muslims imposes on non-Muslims in lands they have conquered. In exchange for payment of this tax, non-Muslims are allowed to live in peace in the new Muslim land without the necessity of converting. The author of the email explained that when the exemption is granted, non-Muslims end up paying for the healthcare of Muslims much like a tax.

It is a nice theory but is it true? According to Ibrahim Hooper, the Communications Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), this is not the case. Hooper stated he has health insurance and CAIR provides insurance to its employees. According to the group’s spokesman, although gambling, risk taking and usury are against the Koran’s teachings, Muslims obtain insurance when they arerequired by law to do so.

Required to Pay Social Security, Muslims Stuck with Obamacare Too

It is difficult to envisage a situation where someone would be entitled to refuse to pay for health insurance on religious grounds but would be willing or required to make social security payments or obtain any other type of insurance. Exemptions granted under the Internal Revenue Code are a matter of public record and there are no indications that Muslims have been exempted from the requirement to pay for Social Security.

Those currently exempted from Social Security payments such as the Anabaptists are relatively few in number. But according to the 2010 Census, there were approximately 2.6 million Muslims living in the United States. Unlike the Amish, Hutterites and Mennonites, Muslims do not live in isolated areas but tend to reside in heavily populated centers. If Muslims in large numbers refused to obtain insurance because it is forbidden by the Koran, the media, at least the alternative media would be full of stories about Muslim drivers getting into accidents while uninsured, and Muslim doctors practising medicine without malpractice insurance. There is no evidence of these situations occurring in large numbers because of religious reasons.

Muslims Not Exempt: It’s Just a PPACA Urban Legend

There is simply no evidence of Muslims opting out of either social security or any other mandatory insurance requirement. There are, of course,Muslims who will not buy life insurance because they feel it is akin to gambling, but they will pay a fine or a tax just like other Americans.

The idea that Muslims, as a group, can be exempted from the individual mandate under Obamacare is simply an urban legend, spread shortly after the passage of the PPACA.

Resources:

U.S. Government. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590 [PDF]. (2010). Accessed August 19, 2013.

Legal Information Institute. Internal Revenue Code, Section 1402(2013). Accessed August 19, 2013.

FactCheck.org. Dhimmitude” and the Muslim Exemption. (2010). Accessed August 19, 2013.

Snopes. Health Insurance Exemption. (2010). Accessed August 19, 2013.

Mennonite World Review. Insurance mandate exempts many plain Anabaptists. (2012). Accessed August 19, 2013.

Association of Religions Data Archives. Religious Traditions, 2010. (2010). Accessed August 19, 2013.

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Comments

  1. firespirit3 says:

    LARRY KUDLOW AS WELL AS WALL STREET JOURNAL PRONOUNCE OBAMACARE DEAD!!!!!!

  2. firespirit3 says:

    SENATE BILL HR 3590 pgs 273-274

    YOU ASK IRS FOR NOTHING BARRYS A MUSLIM THEREFORE HE EXEMPTED MUSLIMS ITS IN THE LAW!

    Muslims believe that health insurance is “haraam”,
    or forbidden; because they liken the ambiguity and probability of
    insurance to gambling. This belief excludes them from any of the
    requirements, mandates, or penalties set forth in the bill. Other
    excluded groups include Amish, American Indians, and Christian
    Scientists.

  3. firespirit3 says:

    Thats pretty funny since its in the bill
    Senate Bill, H.R. 3590, pages 273-274…
    Muslims consider it a haraam and ARE EXEMPTED AS STATED IN THE BILL!! as well as AMISH and Christian Scientists,,CAIR is your source huh LOLOLOL guess anyone can write a column

    • FactCheck says:

      I think you’re quoting from articles you’ve read online – not the actual text of the bill, which you’ll find right here. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hr3590enr/pdf/BILLS-111hr3590enr.pdf
      If you hold down your Ctrl key, and hit ‘F’ you’ll open a search box. Type in ‘muslim’ or ‘haraam’ in that box. You won’t find either.

      • firespirit3 says:

        SENATE HR BILL 3590 PAGES 273 ,274 MUSLIMS ARE EXEMPT AS ARE AMERICAN INDIANS AMISH AND CHRISTIAN SCIENTOLOGIST..Get over fake presentation Cass Sunstein OFA Troll!

    • this is a Science site ? & they are the experts on the O-care bill ?
      really ? LOL..
      they go to CAIR for their information ? and state it as fact ?
      that is too funny…
      it’s the fox guarding the hen house ..

  4. wolfen244 says:

    Muslims. Figures since Obama is a muslim.

  5. The people who spread that rumor are mentally disturbed and still shocked from the 9/11/2001 attacks. The people who spread are not normal.

    • They’ve got BMWH syndrome. Which translates to “BLACK MAN WHITE HOUSE”. Ya know, it is pretty funny to listen to them talk, they just are unreal, and I’ve got about five of them in my family. They come off with stuff that two seconds on google disproves, and they just don’t care. “KENYA DIDN”T EXIST WHEN OBAMA WAS BORN” – or so they’ll claim. Really? Two seconds on google shows up historical maps far earlier with KENYA right there in Africa where it belongs. And so forth. Yes, they are disturbed. And when there’s a Republican in office, he can just do any fool thing, and they are right there cheering and swearing that you are a traitor to point out any flaws in his actions – like Bush’s trillion dollar cost to the taxpayer “elderly drug” scam. Or his “you cannot cross the border to fill a prescription for your own safety” insanity. And then there was his flat statement “The Constitution is not a suicide pact” in reference to the very domestic spying programs in sections 214 and 215 of the Patriot Act – which I was a traitor to question in any way. And now they say it’s all Obama all the time. Really!

      • Kelley Darley says:

        MadSat, relying on Google as your source of education is your first mistake. Kenya was a colony of Britain until 1964. Kenya existed prior to 1964 but it was officially called a protectorate of Great Britain. No formal Kenyan government existed and therefore any legal birth place would have been the British Protectorate. As far as your references to Bush being a Republican, there’s where your second mistake begins. Bush was a moderate, at best. Even somewhat left-leaning. But the “left” has considered him a “far right” conservative, which he was not. Therefore, putting anyone to the left of Bush appropriately puts them on the far left, and certainly not anywhere close to the center, as some would believe Obama is. This belief has shifted the line of liberalism and conservatism to the left. Bush grew govt more than any president in history and created more debt (except Obama) than any president. Thus, making him more liberal than Bill Clinton. So, please, consider Bush a moderate Republican, not a conservative Republican. If he had been a conservative, our country would have been in much better shape when Obama took office, and may have offered a much more appropriate replacement far more worthy than John McCain.

      • firespirit3 says:

        SENATE HR BILL 3590 MUSLIMS AMISH NATIVE AMERICANS AND CHRISTIAN SCIENTOLOGIST EXEMPT PAGES 273 TO 274…THE NAME FACT CHECK IS A PAID OFA TROLL LIKE REDROVER..pure fact

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