Originally Posted by CHVYPWR
Isn't it a violation of church & state to call it a "sin" tax?
1. A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.
a. Deliberate disobedience to the known will of God.
b. A condition of estrangement from God resulting from such disobedience
So, if someone doesn't believe in god, and they smoke, how can they be charged a "sin" tax for buying cigs?
I'm glad I don't smoke, too much to think about!
I'm guessing it came from the past. It was probably called that because it was considered a sin by the majority of our country. Plus it's just easier to say then "Things that are unhealthy or can be bad for you" tax.
Edit: Now, if they were to tax non-Christians (for a Sin tax) then that would be an issue. Theologically speaking, Christians don't have sin.