There’s a well-known verse in the Bible that says “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Christian activist Dave Daubenmire doesn’t like that verse. He said on Pass the Salt Live yesterday that Christians should refuse to pay taxes because some of that money funds things some Christians don’t like. And if you can’t get every single thing you want in a society of hundreds of millions of people, WHAT’S THE POINT OF ANYTHING.
Daubenmire said that Christians “better ask the Lord, ‘Do you want us to give our money to kill babies? Is that what you want us to do, Lord? Advance homosexuality and perversion in our schools? Lord, do you want me to take some of that hard-earned money that you blessed me with and you want me to give it to continue that process?”
“I’ll say this without question,” he continued, “the paying of government taxes, I believe, is sin. I’m sorry, I believe it’s sin. And so my struggle is with that premeditated sin every day because I know, for me to give one penny to Planned Parenthood is a sin. If I know what they’re doing with it, it’s a sin. For me to have to pay my property taxes — get your local property tax bill and look at how much of your local property tax goes to fund your schools and ask yourself, “Why am I funding that filth?’”
Taxpayer money doesn’t fund abortions (in most cases). Most taxpayer money that goes to Planned Parenthood helps pay for Medicaid reimbursements. You can’t “advance homosexuality” with cash. And if everyone refused to pay taxes because they didn’t like where some of the money was going, our society wouldn’t function.
Christians have to pay taxes for the same reason the rest of us do: Because we all benefit from what that money covers, whether or not we understand the details. Don’t like where you money is going? Go ahead and complain. Vote for a Congress member who will try and change it. But refusing to pay will come back to bite you in the ass.
Let’s hope the IRS is paying attention, though. Daubenmire’s taxes deserve to be audited, just in case he’s withholding what he actually owes. He’s practically admitting it.
(via Right Wing Watch)