So if I say I am an Atheist and am morally opposed to buying health insurance than I shouldn't get a penalty from the IRS for the Obamacare requirements? Woo Hoo lots of people could take advantage of that!
Or maybe I am morally opposed to providing contraception for my employees?
Hey I have no objection to people getting out of government mandates. Just wanted to point out that it might be opening up a can of worms.
I think the government already picks and chooses which mandates they will let people out of for religious/philosophical reasons. I think that's okay. But I think that in order to be fair, if they have already said that they will let people out of a given mandate for religious reasons, they can't really refuse to let atheists out of that same mandate for philosophical reasons. Like, religious people can't claim it's against their religion to pay taxes or follow speed limits. So neither can atheists. But religious people CAN refuse to say this pledge and still get their citizenship. So atheists should be able to as well.
I think if you can be exempt of something for "religious" reasons that should include any belief system including Athiesm. It really should read as due to a moral objection. What religion you are should not matter.