Invasive and Detailed Surveys. July 25, 2007

by Will


Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution authorizes the federal government to conduct an ?enumeration? of the US population every decade in order to allocate congressional seats and electoral votes. This is the only legitimate and authorized function of the United States Census.
In recent decades, however, the Census Bureau has conducted invasive and detailed surveys of American households, wringing from them all kinds of information to which the federal government is not entitled. Under the Constitution, the government may count us, but it has no right to categorize us by ethnic groups, or to learn the intimate details of our household circumstances.
The Census Bureau's prying can be much more than a mere annoyance. Two historians employed in the Commerce Department's archives have confirmed that the Bureau helped identify the 100,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry who were confined in internment camps during World War II. In 2004, the Bureau turned over information about Arab-Americans to the Department of Homeland Security.
Census-takers are permitted to count us ? nothing more.
Let us stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.

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