Friday, February 12, 2010
Can I refuse to pay for war?
The refusal to pay for war is not a new idea. As I previewed "Death and Taxes", I listened intently to the 28 voices who spoke with clarity and passion about their call to action and I was definitely inspired to do something, even a token action to resist using my taxes to fund war and militaristic action.
This resource is presented in five sections: Becoming a War Tax Resister; Methods of Resistance; Redirecting Taxes, Risks and Consequences, and Goals and Choices. This film won't answer all questions and solve all dilemmas related to this issue. It is designed to provide an introduction, motivation, and to raise awareness of tax resistance.
I heartily recommend using this 30 minute DVD in small groups, Sunday School classes, peace and justice retreats, etc. It is fast paced,very positive and upbeat with lively music. Watching it is not drudgery, its inspiration! Drawback: it does not provide any Christian or scriptural basis for being a war tax resister, nor does it provide actual discussion prompts.
"Death and Taxes" is produced by the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, a coalition of groups from across the U. S. formed in 1982 to provide information and support to people involved in or considering some form of war tax resistance. More info: www.nwtrcc.org.