Blog author: jcouretas
by on Friday, May 12, 2006

Over at the Alabama Policy Institute, Gary Palmer takes on University of Alabama law professor Susan Pace Hamill and her assertion that Christians have an obligation to pay higher taxes. In “No Biblical Mandate for Higher Taxes,” Palmer examines her “theocratic tax inquisition.”

In one article directed at Christians in Alabama, Professor Hamill contends that to be truly pro-life you must also support paying higher taxes to give the government more money to provide more government programs for the poor. She contends that because we are all fallen beings with “…inescapable greedy tendencies…a pro-life community cannot rely on charity to meet these standards and must compel taxation.”

Read the full article here.

And here’s a quote from Hamill’s recent “Tax Policy Offends Christian Values.”

Federal law must force us to pay taxes to meet these common needs because nobody pays their fair share voluntarily. Due to our inescapable greedy tendencies resulting from the Fall of humankind, charitable giving cannot replace adequate tax revenues. An “A+” in charity will never average an “F” in justice to a “C.”

The biblical messages, “to whom much is given, much more is required”, and, wealth can only be held with a “light grip” require the tax burden to be moderately progressive. This is not socialistic confiscation.


  • http://www.barczentewicz.com Mikolaj Barczentewicz

    [quote]This is not socialistic confiscation.[/quote]

    Oh… Yes it is!

  • http://www.wealthandwant.com LVTfan

    You know, if we looked closely at what it is just to tax, and what it is unjust to tax, we’d stop taxing wages. We’d stop taxing sales. We’d stop taxing buildings.

    We’d just tax land value, collecting for the commons that which the commons creates, and which no individual creates.

    Socialize the economic value of land. Privatize the fruits of the individual’s labors. Don’t let anyone steal from the commons.

    Therein lies justice, and the end to legalized theft.

    Yes, the kind of greed that causes some to think they are entitled to claim as if it were their own creation that which we all contribute to, is the cause of a lot of our ills and inequity and injustice.

    Check out http://www.wealthandwant.com/ for more detail