The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act would legalize a form of conscientious objection to military taxation.
January 5, 2020 at 6:44 PM - Views: 52 #246870snotParticipant
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Proposed by Rep. John Lewis. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_Freedom_Peace_Tax_Fund_Act :
“This act would establish a ‘peace tax fund’ that parallels the general fund which the government draws upon to pay its expenses. But the peace tax fund, unlike the general fund, could only be used for non-military spending….
“The peace tax fund would be funded by the ‘income, gift, and estate taxes paid by or on behalf’ of designated conscientious objectors…
“The relevant section… defines a designated conscientious objector as one:
“… who, by reason of religious training and belief, is conscientiously opposed to participation in war in any form. As used in this subsection, the term ‘religious training and belief’ does not include essentially political, sociological, or philosophical views, or a merely personal moral code.”<sup id=”cite_ref-2″ class=”reference”></sup>
No co-sponsors at this time. More info at the link.
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January 5, 2020 at 7:39 PM #246894NV WinoModerator
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Turning this into a religious thing is a big mistake.
January 5, 2020 at 7:55 PM #246904Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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And i’m thinking it’s kind of pointless since the ptb have no problem creating deficit to buy their toys; why would this stop them?
The only real benefit I can see is that it would be a kind of referendum on the wars.
January 5, 2020 at 7:40 PM #246895HassleCatParticipant
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It seems to allow religious people to object, but not those with political or philosophical objections.
January 5, 2020 at 7:49 PM #246903game meatParticipant
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From the looks of this, I imagine this would set a dangerous precedent. If this became law, what would stop far-right Christians from doing the same with, say, healthcare? “We’re not paying taxes for anything that goes to anything at all related to abortion, lgbt, and so on… Or, we’re not paying taxes for education because it’s secular indoctrination.”
Not to mention that they’ll work out some way to access that money if they want to. Taking the funding for “Thing A” and using it for “Thing B” is not uncommon.
Cynical, yea, but not unrealistic.
January 5, 2020 at 7:56 PM #246905doh1304Participant
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I would assume that the “peace tax fund” will be used to segregate non military spending. If not enough people are allowed to segregate their spending (only Quakers?) then social conservatives will use it as an excuse to segregate – and cut – social spending.
January 5, 2020 at 7:57 PM #246907bazukhovParticipant
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“…does not include essentially political, sociological, or philosophical views, or a merely personal moral code.”
Is he saying that religions don’t include such things?
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