Pro-life strike manifesto
A call to serious, sacrificial action
This page is the full explanation, more or less, of what we mean by the terms "pro-life strike" and "abortion boycott": the withdrawing of our money from the abortion business. We believe abortion is evil, so we stop buying it.
Boycotting corporate funding of abortion providers like Planned Parenthood is already being practiced. Among the best is the Corporate Funding Project (CFP) coordinated by Life Decisions International (LDI), as discussed in this blog post. Whether through LDI or another pro-life partner, we heartily join the boycott of corporate abortion funding. In deference to this work already engaged on the corporate side of things, and to keep our focus sharp, our movement will not seek to duplicate such work.
Likewise, we will not broaden our scope to include boycotts or tax resistance for other issues, such as capital punishment or military force.
What is not being done on any scale by anyone else is pro-life tax resistance. Public tax money is used to fund abortion and abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, which makes every taxpayer materially complicit in the crime, whether willingly or unwillingly. Are you OK with that? If not, please join us.
Therefore, this pro-life strike / abortion boycott entails a double effort. We join the boycott of corporate abortion sponsors already promoted by LDI or others. In addition, we refuse to pay taxes that fund abortion, euthanasia, or destructive embryonic research. The latter (pro-life tax resistance) is the largely unchartered territory upon which we will focus.
Specifics of what might be entailed in a pro-life strike are dealt with in the "How" section below.
Why a pro-life strike? There are many valid ways in which pro-life people may respond to the injustice of legalized and tax-funded abortion, but a strike or tax resistance movement may be the key to success in all other pro-life efforts. (See "4a
" below.) At any rate, as a means to boycott the abortion industry and ending the abortion holocaust, a pro-life strike or tax resistance movement addresses the following four goals particularly well.
1. Raise awareness & consciousness
Prayer and inner conversion are the absolutely necessary foundation of all that we try to accomplish. But we also want our prayers and efforts to have a concrete effect, and we want to make an impact on those outside of the pro-life camp. To do that, we must first get their attention. And when I say get their attention, I mean we must whack them over their figurative heads with a figurative two-by-four; subtleties and niceties won't cut it. What's the literal translation? What will grab most people's attention? Money.
Anyone care to argue? Action that has economic ramifications will create a buzz, will stir things up. A pro-life strike could thus command a good deal of public attention, much more than any of the standard approaches, and prompt more people to consider the issues involved.
2. Real leverage
Besides raising awareness, economic actions tend to achieve concrete results. What drives the abortion business? Same answer as above: Money. Do we really want to stop the abortion industry? Then we must stop feeding it. Life Decisions International
(LDI), mentioned above
, employs this idea in its Corporate Funding Project (CFP). When targeted for a boycott by the CFP, many corporations have dropped their corporate
What drives the abortion industry? Money.
support for Planned Parenthood, and that becomes a concrete blow to the anti-life juggernaut.
A full-blown pro-life strike expands upon the same principle. The goal here is to use economic leverage to effect real corporate and public policy changes, even if the decision makers are initially neutral or mildly antagonistic.
So, to be honest, we're talking here about inducing corporation executives, public officials, etc. to do the right thing for impure motives. Obviously, it would be much better for them to come to true faith and conversion and to do the right thing for the right reasons. But it's better than nothing, and it's a start toward real, concrete progress. And many times it happens that those who begin by doing a good deed for selfish reasons end by loving the good deed for its own sake, and thence may come to love the source of goodness, God Himself.
3. Raise the stakes
After over 38 years, the weakness of the pro-life movement seems to be in our comfort level. With few exceptions, pro-life warriors live a fairly comfortable life. But comfortable warriors don't fight very effectively. Embarking upon a strike or tax resistance movement would dramatically elevate the risks and lower the comfort level. It would require those involved to put their lives and their livelihoods on the line.
comfortable warriors don't fight very effectively.
It would help us to embrace the term 'Church Militant', and truly view ourselves as soldiers in Christ's army of love.
The strength of our pro-life witness is an important part of what's at stake. If we fight from a position of comfort, few will care. Likewise, if we pray from a position of comfort, such prayer is cheap. But if we risk our lives and livelihoods, people will notice, and many hearts will be moved. Our words will be more convincing and our prayers more powerful if the cost is dear.
The aforementioned Life Decisions International has as its motto: The pro-life movement will succeed only to the extent that pro-life people are willing to be inconvenienced. That's true, but too mild. How about this: The pro-life movement will succeed only to the extent that pro-life people are willing to be crucified.
4. Personal morality
The above three motives have to do with influencing the world, with changing policies and opinions. They depend upon pro-life strikers working together with a certain amount of coordinated effort and cooperation. The fourth motive can work for a lone pro-life striker or a few scattered warriors with little or no communication. Namely, a personal or family decision to avoid material participation in the abortion holocaust for purposes of moral purity, holiness, and obedience to God.
If Corporation X is funding the abortion industry, then the striker will not patronize Corporation X, not so much to force Corporation X's hand, nor to make a strong public statement, but to simply avoid the material cooperation in evil. Since taxes are being used to fund abortions, then he will not pay taxes, for the same non-public moral reasons. Recognizing that moral guilt is shared by those who materially cooperate with the evil act, we earnestly try to eliminate such material cooperation.
Sound moral theology acknowledges that we are not absolutely required to eschew all material cooperation with evil, so long as we do not actively will the evil itself. It may not even be possible to avoid all indirect material participation in evil. But the principle here is to go a bit beyond the minimum legalistic requirements, and to earnestly try to avoid as much as possible any material cooperation with the abortion holocaust, to consciously and deliberately and earnestly withhold support for the slaughter, even at personal cost.
This becomes a critical principle, for two reasons. First, because it can be pursued immediately by those who are prompted by the Holy Spirit to do so, with no need to coordinate and organize with others. Secondly, this step is the prerequisite for the other three. The goal of avoiding even indirect and unintended cooperation with abortion reflects a heartfelt horror and aversion that rejects all convenient compromise. That is to say, it involves a sentiment similar to God's own hatred for the evil.
By continuing to pay taxes that buy abortions, we betray our own prayers.
Such an attitude is probably the key to achieving any kind of success. It is certainly the key to pleasing God, which eclipses all other motives.
4a. Purified efforts
That last thought deserves its own paragraph. Without detracting from all the courageous and earnest and ingenious pro-life efforts and strategies, they often lack a certain integrity if we are at the same time footing the abortion bill. By continuing to pay taxes that buy abortions and fund Planned Parenthood, we betray and undermine our own efforts and prayers. We pray for life and then pay for death. We must do this no longer.
Obey the Law
The point needs to be emphasized. Pro-life tax resistance is not
unlawful. Au contraire
, the term "legalized abortion" is an oxymoron. Civil statutes and court opinions notwithstanding, abortion is always unlawful in the truest sense, because the Eternal Law is never subject to amendment, repeal, or review.
The legislators and judges who brook this Law become criminals in the process, and the 'laws' they enact contrary to true Law are null and void; they are not real laws. So, the decision to resist paying taxes that subsidize the criminal abortion industry is prompted, not by an outlaw attitude, but by a love of Law, and by an earnest effort to obey true Law.
But - wait a sec - Jesus did say "render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's," right? (Mt.22:21) This is clearly a mandate to pay taxes and obey human authority under all circumstances, correct? And we must take Jesus literally at his word here, agreed? Well - - the thing is, there isn't a period at the end of this command, but a comma, and a further command, "and to God the things that are God's." Then comes the period.
Continuing, then, with a literal interpretation, what possible exception can be found to this second and final charge? Can you think of anything that does not belong to God? No? Then it follows that all must be rendered to God, including taxes. In a literal sense, Jesus may as well be saying, "render everything to God, and don't worry much about other loyalties." At the very least it must mean that our first loyalty must be to God, and when any other authority tries to usurp God's ownership or authority, that usurpation must be ignored or opposed.
Likewise, the Scriptural injunction to pay "taxes to whom taxes are due" (Rom.13:7) must be understood in its full sense. This literally says that taxes are to be rendered only when and if they are properly due. The Scriptural principle that "we must obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29) suggests that there may be times to question whether a particular human authority is worthy of our obedience. The citation from Romans needs to be understood in its entire context (Rom.13:1-7), which begins with the admonition "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities." (Rom.13:1a). Note that this says every person must be subject, which would include the legislators, judges, and IRS bureaucrats themselves. When they oppose God's law, and exceed their legitimate limits, these officials literally make themselves criminals and must no longer be considered lawful authorities.
Let us consider the case of the current U.S. government. If God's people must always submit to human government, then the American colonists ought to have remained subject to King George. It then follows that the American Revolution was itself unlawful, and the resulting 'government' illegitimate. How are we now bound to obey such an outlaw state? But if the American Revolution was justified, then similar civil disobedience is sometimes our right and our duty. The American government was founded upon such principles:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, - That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it...
Furthermore, if the American government is to be considered legitimate, its authority resides in its duly ratified Constitution, which explicitly states
...nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
In American jurisprudence, Congress, the courts, the President, etc. are all subject to the Constitution. If they disregard it, theirs is an unlawful rule. The American 'Caesar' is constitutional, not despotic. Who is our 'Caesar' but 'We the People'? The divine command to "render to Caesar..." is therefore a command to exercise our duty as vigilant citizens, and not surrender passively to bureaucratic tyranny.
...'laws' permitting abortion and requiring tax funding for it are illegitimate laws, and must not be obeyed.
American or otherwise, no human authority can legitimately contravene Divine Law. No matter how you look at it, 'laws' permitting abortion and requiring tax funding for it are illegitimate laws, and must not be obeyed.
Will you still insist that Scripture demands your uncritical submission to human government? Would you therefore have counseled the Egyptian midwives to obey Pharaoh's command, and kill the Hebrew children? (Exod.1:15-17) Would you have encouraged Herod's soldiers to obey his command to slaughter all the babies in Bethlehem? (Mt.2:16)
Here's the tough question: Does our docile compliance with unjust authority spring from a good conscience, or from fear of reprisal? 230+ years ago, the Loyalists felt conscience bound to obey King George. Perhaps some were simply afraid to disobey. In either case, there would never have been an American Revolution had their voices prevailed. Likewise, had the Apostles felt obliged to obey the authorities, they would not have proclaimed the Gospel (Acts 4:18). True obedience can sometimes look like rebellion.
It isn't nearly as complicated as we might pretend. Difficult, yes. Unpleasant, to be sure. But not complicated. To subsidize a crime is to partake in the crime. Abortion is a crime. God says so. Our human conscience knows it. To willingly pay for it is to bear some of the guilt. If you agree that abortion is the taking of an innocent person's life and the maiming of another's, then you really need to stop supporting it. It's the Law.
CCC and the Law
On this theme, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) contains an interesting tension of ideas. It affirms our duty to obey civil government according to Scriptural, Christian principles:
2240 Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one's country:
Pay to all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.45
45 Rom 13:7.
but just two paragraphs later, it adds this, also based upon Scriptural principles:
2242 The citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. Refusing obedience to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community. "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."48 "We must obey God rather than men":49
48 Mt 22:21.
49 Acts 5:29.
In another section, it more exactly delineates the proper understanding of human authority, as follows:
1902 Authority does not derive its moral legitimacy from itself. It must not behave in a despotic manner, but must act for the common good as a "moral force based on freedom and a sense of responsibility":21
A human law has the character of law to the extent that it accords with right reason, and thus derives from the eternal law. Insofar as it falls short of right reason it is said to be an unjust law, and thus has not so much the nature of law as of a kind of violence.22
1903 Authority is exercised legitimately only when it seeks the common good of the group concerned and if it employs morally licit means to attain it. If rulers were to enact unjust laws or take measures contrary to the moral order, such arrangements would not be binding in conscience. In such a case, "authority breaks down completely and results in shameful abuse."23
21 GS 74 § 2.
22 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh I-II,93 3, ad 2.
23 John XXIII PT 51.
No one is above the law; the Christian must obey legitimate authority. Neither are government officials above the law. If they break with common law or divinely ordained Law, they make themselves criminals, and must not be obeyed. The question is: When our government forces us to subsidize the abortion holocaust via our tax dollars, is this an example of legitimate authority, or of an authority that has broken down completely? When our courts and legislators usurp divine authority, when they redefine marriage, strip the innocent of their rights, and compel our material participation in these crimes, are we obliged to obey them, or are we obliged to obey God's Law instead?
Many folks will suggest that the direct killing of innocent and defenseless human beings is just one political issue among many, which a few people may be 'uncomfortable' with. They may say something like, "You have a right to your own personal concerns, but what if everybody were to stop paying taxes that they didn't like?" This, of course, is meant to be a rhetorical question, conjuring up horrible images of legal chaos and anarchy. The underlying theme is that since taxes go to pay for good stuff that we all want, we should be willing to pay for the bad stuff as well.
One major flaw in this line of thought is that it purports to equate an intrinsic evil with other issues which may be matters of opinion, and then to 'balance' this with some perceived common good.
Rather than ask the question as to whether the balance of our taxes are indeed spent on good stuff (a very germane question), let it suffice here to point out that such reasoning is essentially consequentialist. That is, it says that it is OK to do evil so that some good may result. Such consequentialism is fallacious, especially when the evil is intrinsic and unmitigated.
Recall the many 'good' German folks who employed such an
excuse argument 70 or 80 years ago. "You have a right to your concern about the 'Jewish problem', but be reasonable - we must accept the good with the bad!" One wonders what the Jewish people may have thought of such consequentialism, and such a 'balanced' approach.
The one irrefutable argument against a tax strike is that it may be difficult. Just so.
As noted above, the breaking away from our comfort level is an important step forward. If just a few were to begin, that would make it easier for others to follow. Hence the reason for this website: recognizing that there is strength and comfort in numbers, let us begin to communicate and network together, as discussed below.
OK, we're gonna do this thing; the question is: How? While the following vision seems reasonable, the specifics may become clear only as they develop in the concrete, subject to the contributions of the individual participants, especially the early participants, and to Providence.
1. A quiet beginning
Early strikers will likely concentrate on the 4th motive above ("Why" - 4)
, namely, individual and family decisions to withhold corporate and tax support for the abortion industry. As noted, this step requires no critical mass of participants, and no centralized or coordinated organization. It would be beneficial to begin a sort of communications network both for spiritual and moral support, and to prepare for the coordination that may be needed in the more advanced stages.
Tax resistance strategies can range from limiting one's tax liability through simplified living, to earning money "under the radar", to an all-out, in-your-face refusal to pay IRS.
But this stage would be characterized mostly by folks coming on board in one's and two's, some anonymously, as they see fit. It would proceed almost unnoticed by the world.
Strikers would withhold both corporate and tax support for abortion. As noted above, there are already corporate boycott plans in place such as the Corporate Funding Project (CFP) coordinated by Life Decisions International, and as noted in this blog post.
Regarding tax resistance strategies, these can range from limiting one's tax liability through simplified living and legitimately lower income (fully legal), to earning money "under the radar" (cash, barter, direct marketing, etc.), which is quasi-illegal but invisible and safe, to an all-out, in-your-face refusal to pay IRS what it says you owe.
Some specific approaches are discussed in the "Strategies" section below.
2. Underground economy
If our numbers ever grew enough, accompanied by a more-or-less coordinated communication, some strikers might be in a position to gradually begin the next stage: a more deliberate but mostly stealth underground economy. These folks would be business owners, tradesmen, professionals, etc. who could take their business or practice off the public market, offering their services and/or products directly to other strikers. This would entail the above-mentioned strategy of cash and direct-market transactions, with the added intention of serving the nascent strike community.
A prime example of this might be a doctor who joins the strike, then quietly closes or limits his public practice, and begins to treat fellow strikers (who probably cannot afford health insurance), for cash or barter; no high-tech treatments, no malpractice protection. A drastic pay cut? You bet.
Or, try this: A business owner goes on strike together with all his employees, in one fell swoop. The employees no longer pay taxes, because the owner no longer deducts them from their paychecks. Moreover, the business now offers its products with no sales tax. This would start to involve a departure from stealth. Risky? No kidding.
These steps would obviously require, not only communication, but a fairly tight spiritual bond between fellow strikers. Maybe even a sort of vetting process in some cases, to discern who the true strikers are. The strikers who initiate this stage would be risking much, exercising the courage and conviction of blood martyrs, almost.
3. Alternative economy
As the numbers continue to grow, so would our confidence. Abandoning stealth, we become a viable alternative to the mainstream economy. The world can no longer ignore us, and that is precisely what we intend. With safety in numbers, our strike finally has the clout to achieve more than spiritual results. We are finally in a position to press for real policy changes, even as we continue to pray and work for changes of hearts as well.
The danger here is that we may be tempted to slack off spiritually. Let us brace ourselves beforehand for this temptation, and help each other to stay true.
If acceptable policy changes are still not forthcoming, we may be called to mount an all-out revolution, overthrow the rotten system, and embark on a whole new course.
Folks, this is not an un-Christian sentiment. Think about the American Revolution, which most of us view positively, proudly, patriotically. Who would honestly argue that today's systematic injustice is less serious than it was 230+ years ago? You know it is more serious.
How - summary
This is admittedly ambitious, even grandiose. But let us be mindful of two things. First, it all depends upon God. If He is pleased by this idea, it cannot fail, no matter how small or great it actually becomes. If not, it must fail, nor even get started. We can never know until we try.
Secondly, we must always keep the goal in mind, which is threefold: a) To obey and honor God, even if it costs us dearly, b) to do what we can to change hearts and to save lives and souls, and lastly, c) to effect real policy changes that reflect God's laws and the sanctity of human life. The specific carrying out of this or another plan must always be subject to these 3 goals, in that order.
Individuals and families who join the strike might adopt a number of methods for not paying taxes.
1. Reduced income
One way, perfectly legal, is to reduce or eliminate income tax liability by reducing or eliminating income. Typically, this requires a Thoreau-like lifestyle, raising the bulk of one's own food, burning wood, etc., and generally making do without a great many conveniences and niceties. There may be as many creative variations on this theme as there are households involved, but a similar, nearly Amish or Mennonite mindset. If you decide on this approach and thus will be dropping Internet access, please consider letting us know that; communication might still be possible through mail or other means. (Until the spring of 2010, the author took this approach, while retaining web connectivity.)
2. Tax loopholes
Another perfectly legal way to reduce or eliminate income tax liability is by taking advantage of provisions in the tax laws themselves. One American striker knows the IRS rules well enough that he has decided to invest in rental properties, using borrowed money (which is not taxable in the USA), and working his spreadsheet so that normally taxable expenses can be legitimately written off. There are probably many similar examples of this kind. Savvy investors and entrepreneurs have long been using tax loopholes to their advantage for reasons of profit; there can certainly be nothing wrong with doing so for moral reasons.
3. Hidden income
Just a bit more risky, but a bit more flexible, you might reduce or eliminate income tax liability by keeping your income below the tax radar. Typically, this would involve a business based on cash transactions, barter, payment-in-kind, etc. It's contrary to the tax laws, but that doesn't mean it's dishonest. Here's the rationale: "Let me see... I can either willingly turn this money over to the governing authorities, knowing it will be used to underwrite the abortion industry, or I can keep back from those criminals both the money and the information about the money. Tough decision!" The honest thing to do is to allocate an amount similar to what your tax liability would have been, and donate that to a worthy cause.
If done in a creative way, this approach can be quite safe. The idea is to eliminate the paper trail proof of income that the tax authorities would need to nab you.
If you're an employer, you can also (with a bit more risk) cease to deduct taxes for your employees, and invite them to join the strike themselves, or else take care of their own taxes. In other words, you refuse to be the government's tax collector, and thus help to propel the strike movement into the second stage ("Underground economy"), or even the third stage ("Alternative economy").
4. Refuse to pay
A lot more risky, but more straightforward, is the in-your-face approach. You have income, there is a paper trail of proof, but you refuse to pay.
In the U.S., you can do this even if you are a payroll employee with taxes withheld automatically from your paycheck. File an amended W-2 with your employer in which you request that no taxes be withheld. This makes you, not your employer, personally responsible for paying or not paying.
Some have claimed that the IRS will usually not even contest such a case, since they, too, like to avoid risks. It seems that you should at least brace yourself for an audit and a legal battle. If you never get audited, cool. If you do, and a legal battle ensues, you might try to gain as much publicity as possible, thus moving the strike forward and into the eyes of the general public.
Our favorite pro-life warrior, David Little of Canada, is the premier proponent and practitioner of this approach. For years, he has refused to file any tax returns, and has openly rebuked Canadian government officials, letting them know exactly why he won't file. In 2004, David founded the St. Thomas More Society of Canada (STMS) "to raise resources of both persons and funds to take pro-active measures against the government of Canada, legally and politically; to end tax funded abortion in the short term, and to reverse the legality of all abortion in the long term." You can learn more at the STMS website. See especially David's remarkable story and his legal case.
5. Declare sovereignty
You want risky? How about this: You declare yourself an independent, sovereign entity, no longer subject to the laws of the U.S. or any other nation! Hey, if the 13 colonies could do this in 1776, why not we now?
This could be a very small and quiet action by an individual or family here & there, or it could collectively become a move toward "How" step 4 above, ("Revolution").
Internationally, there are still places in this world where taxpayers are not forced to pay for the slaughter of the innocents. Pulling up stakes and moving to such a locale is another approach. If you can manage it, this is perhaps the purest strategy of all, because it is a clean sweep. In the U.S., Canada, etc., we are still paying some taxes whenever we buy gasoline, pay the phone bill, purchase taxable articles at the store, etc. (As of June 2010, the author is planning on this strategy. See the "Exit
" blog post.)
If you take this approach, please keep in touch. At least, keep praying for those who still live under tyranny, and consider yourselves still part of the fray, both materially and spiritually.
And - - beware the United Nations, and a possible one-world government, a future in which no such refuge may be possible. Also be aware that the Culture of Death is spreading, and that no particular government can be wholly trusted.
7. Monastic community
A lay monastic community might combine many or all of the above approaches. As a canonical body, it could meet government qualifications for tax exemption. More fundamentally, its members would embrace voluntary poverty and begin to form a sort of alternative economy not based upon money, and therefore not subject to taxation.
See this blog article for more.
Probably there are other approaches as well. An excellent source for reviewing tax resistance strategies is a site called "The Picket Line
". This site is peopled mainly by "left-wing war tax resisters" (their own words), and contains many interesting articles and essays about the art and science of tax resistance, from which we pro-lifers could profit.
If you are a serious Christian, consider yourself nominated for this task. Likewise, devout Jews and Muslims: you folks know that the wholly innocent and wholly vulnerable deserve your help, and that your Heavenly Father expects it.
Non-believing humanists may want to join as well, simply because justice and our common humanity demand it.
There is even room for an alliance with folks who have material or legal concerns. For example, those of you who grow weary of a bloated government taking a greater and greater share of your livelihood via burdensome taxes. Join the pro-life tax strike. Pretend you're doing it for the babies. Who knows? Maybe you'll end up really seeing it that way.
Not everyone ought to be involved in the more risky stages, not even every committed Christian. Of special note, the most important pro-life work in the world is already being done by you Moms and Dads who are bringing new life into the world and devoting your efforts to your children's spiritual and material welfare. In light of your unique contribution and irreplaceable responsibilities, you ought not to jeopardize your primary duty as parents of young children. With some rare exceptions, unless you have made adequate provisions beforehand, your early involvement ought to be more deliberately timid, for your children's sake. The initial risky groundwork ought to be done by singles, celibates, and parents of grown children.
In the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia.... Wherever taxes are used to procure abortion, euthanasia, or to support Planned Parenthood, the UNFPA, or other programs that attack innocent human life. Public money must not be so employed.
The pro-life strike must involve verifiable ends. Namely, we would refuse to pay any taxes and would withdraw from the mainstream economy until specific demands are met. In the U.S., these are our demands:
1. Repeal all entitlement and funding programs using tax dollars for abortion, fetal tissue research, etc.
When these tangible ends are met, the strike has succeeded and can be called off, though the moral struggle continues.
2. Stop public funding of Planned Parenthood, and other 'non-profits' advocating or performing abortion, euthanasia, etc.
3. Legal protection restored to all human beings, from the moment of conception until natural death. This need not be a Constitutional amendment, but might be a simple federal law or Supreme Court decision recognizing all humans as 'persons', thus effectively reversing Roe v. Wade.
The point is, the strike must be aimed at tangible, visible, verifiable results, lest our thinking be muddled and our energies scattered. Of course, the conversion of hearts and minds and the ongoing effort to attain moral integrity and faithfulness are paramount. But these spiritual, inner needs must be pursued with or without a strike. While the strikers must be impelled by inner spiritual motives, the strike itself must have clearly defined concrete ends. When these tangible ends are met, the strike has succeeded and can be called off, though the moral struggle continues.
Of course, it may not turn out that way. Perhaps, as some believe, the government will grow ever more corrupt and ever more powerful, and crush our little rebellion. Our very freedom might be taken from us. But if we come to that end having given our best, that would also be a victory, in some ways even more fulfilling.
At present, we claim to be a free people, but for the most part are afraid to rock the boat. What if they throw us into jail for taking a righteous stand? What if the wicked state becomes absolute and totalitarian? In such a case, we will know the inner peace of God's friends, and we will be more truly free than we are now.
If the worldly powers become malicious enough, we may even be killed for our faithful witness, and win the glorious crown of martyrdom.
For all we know, this might be the final battle of this world. In the middle of the fray, we might look up into the clouds and see the King of kings coming down for the Final Judgment.
If we press forward, one of the above ends surely awaits us. The only way we can be defeated is if we do not try, if we remain timid and afraid, if we wring our hands over the tragedy and travesty of state sanctioned abortion, while continuing to subsidize it with our taxes.
You've read this far. You're not sure what to make of it. That's OK; put the subject away for now. Go browse some other more pleasant website. Or go watch a TV movie. Solve a Sudoku
grid. You'll know when you should come back here and when you should join the strike.
Are you ready now?
Are you sure?
OK, let's begin. Review the "How" and "Strategies" sections above for specific tax resistance strategies. Maybe you can think of other methods. There's just one other thing to do to make a good start. Tell somebody else about what you intend. (No, not the IRS! Tell someone who will agree that it's a good thing to do!) Why? Because there's strength in numbers.
The concept of a pro-life tax strike is not new, but this website appears to be unique in seeking a concerted grass-roots effort. If you agree that pro-life strikers should communicate and network together, this site would seem to be the place to begin. So, do this: Go to our
Sign up page
. Tell us a little about yourself and of your desire to join with us in resisting the abortion tax tyranny. Do so anonymously, if you want. Come back again when you're ready for a deeper level. At first this will primarily be just a gathering of data, to get an idea of the strength of our numbers, etc. It will involve no legal responsibilities, nor will we sell your name or email address. Or visit our blog
and offer your thoughts via a comment on any post there. We'd like to foster an honest exchange of ideas, roundtable arguments, etc. The idea is to begin to build a little subculture, a gathering of like-minded people with a common purpose. Why? Because there's strength in numbers.
There is, of course, no obligation to 'sign up', here or elsewhere. God knows, and that's good enough. But we might need each other in order for this to work.
If you're a recognized pro-life leader, you might offer to make this idea your own. Be our guest; assuming these general principles are followed, we willingly defer to someone with better credentials and an established following.
Please tell your pro-life friends about this website. Put it up on church bulletin boards, etc. If you have a website or blog with a pro-life theme, you might consider adding a link to this site. If you tell us of your site, we may agree to link back to it as well. See the "Links" page for more on this.
We don't want your money. Please donate your money elsewhere. Or keep it. If you go on strike, you may need the dough soon enough yourself. No, donate your life and your livelihood. Do it for the little innocent ones, for their Moms, for the purification of your prayers, for your eternal soul, and for the love of God.
rev. 2012.05.21 jjd