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Old 12th March 2015, 02:53 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Originally Posted by In hoc Signo Vinces View Post

Have another scenario on Expropriation vs. Theft.

A person considers the Federal Govenment's activities to be immoral and wants to limit their tax contributions to fund these activities. If a person chose to use every available deduction available to do so, is that expropriation

In Hoc Signo Vinces

No, it is not. Using every available legal deduction is simple compliance with law. You are not depriving any person or group of good owned by them.

Jesus permitted the payment of taxes to the Roman government, despite serious sins committed by that government (slavery, unjust war, etc.). So we are not morally obligated to refuse to pay taxes. In moral theology, it is called remote material cooperation.
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