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Posts tagged Some historical and global examples of tax resistance/religious groups and the religious perspective/miscellaneous Christian perspectives

The Picket Line — 10 November 2013

Here are a few things of interest to flash by my screen in recent days:

  • Here’s a short film on the Dublin anti-water charge movement of , being used to inspire the household tax resisters today (and, it appears, to boost the public image of Joe Higgins, a Dublin politician who has hitched his wagon to the tax resistance star):
  • NWTRCC held its earlier this month in New York City. Word about what took place at the gathering is still trickling out, but meanwhile here are some photos.
  • A new project — Your Faith, Your Finance — has been launched as a joint project of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility and Quaker Peace & Social Witness. It aims to help Christians in the United Kingdom “explore ethical and spiritual issues around the use of money.” Their website has a section on taxes that gives a half-hearted nod in the direction of conscientious tax resistance:

    A small number of self-employed people have chosen to withhold part of their tax in protest over how it is spent. This is usually based on an objection to expenditure on war and preparations for war. Some of these individuals have had their goods seized or been imprisoned, although others have paid up after withholding payment for a while to make a point. This action is not of course open to people whose income tax is taken directly from their wages.

    and quotes English Quaker war tax resister Simon Heywood:

    “I withheld the military proportion of my income tax for two years during the Iraq War. I felt I had no choice: if others were going to risk their lives on my behalf, for this nonsense, I had to risk some of my own personal convenience to protest against the waste and folly. I was summonsed before the magistrate and told I had thirty days to pay. I paid up on day twenty-nine, having discovered some foe making arrangements to pay up behind my back. It was all spectacularly unheroic. I’m glad I did it though. It was very slightly less unheroic than paying up on time.”

The Picket Line — 16 January 2013

During the acceleration of the arms race in the Reagan administration, several Lutherans signed a tax resistance pledge, and George Mummert & Susan Morse resisted as well.

Continue reading at The Picket Line …

The Picket Line — 27 November 2011

The Chronoscope is now live, and The Picket Line is fully chronologically indexed so you can try out this strange new feature. Find out

Hours of fun. Fun for the whole family. I guess my next step will be to make it a little speedier; it’s not too efficiently-coded just yet.


The Nazarenes are another pacifist Christian sect that apparently preached tax resistance, at least in its Hungarian incarnation.

On , the Friends’ Intelligencer published the following (which it sourced to Voice of Peace):

A new variety of the Mennonite, or continental Quaker sect, is gaining ground in Hungary to an extent that threatens considerable embarrassment to the Administration. These so-called Nazarines not only disown all clerical organization and refuse to take any oath or enter any military service, but they dispute the lawfulness of taxes that go to support a State Church or army. All assessments made on them are therefore levied under protest. They are said to be an offshoot of Calvinism, but have of late been largely recruited from among the working Catholic population, so that their numbers, estimated a few years since at 6,000 only, are now officially stated at 30,000, and said to be really much larger.