Longhurst: Canadian war-tax resisters

Apr 29, 2019 by

Like other Canadians, every year Ernie and Charlotte Wiens file their taxes. Unlike others, the LaSalle, Man., farming couple doesn’t send the federal government everything it says they owe — the part that...

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Is now the time to create a ‘Church Peace Tax Fund’?

Mar 28, 2019 by and

That’s the subject of one of the seminars being offered at the Mennonite Church USA convention July 2-6 in Kansas City, Mo. In response to Jesus’ exhortation to love enemies (Matt. 5:44), this seminar...

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Washington Witness: The Senate’s first bill

Mar 4, 2019 by

Traditionally, the first bill of a congressional session has special significance. In the midst of a government shutdown, the Senate decided to focus its first bill on a package of four Middle East-related...

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No space for force

Aug 27, 2018 by

The flaming, flying wheel came out of the sky to whisk Ezekiel off on a grand journey. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal. The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning. The “rims...

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Military waste

Aug 13, 2018 by

The United States has wasted $15.5 billion in Afghanistan since 2008, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, which they estimate is probably only a portion of the waste, fraud,...

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Washington Witness: The costs, and profits, of war

Jun 18, 2018 by

On a recent visit to the Middle East, I heard firsthand about the awful costs of the Syria war. A Syrian Orthodox bishop, Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, told of the “irreversible damage” that had been done to...

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The Babel Pentagon

Apr 9, 2018 by

We peacemakers have not been vigilant over the military-industrial complex. The Department of Defense has grown into an unmanageable monster, gulping down enormous amounts of our taxes, often losing account of...

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The tax reform we need

Jan 15, 2018 by

The pliable instructions Jesus gives for paying taxes leave plenty of room for interpretation: “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt....

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Warring impulses

Mar 27, 2017 by

War in an age of terrorism reveals the limited effectiveness of armed force. Yet the belief that higher military spending buys more national security remains strong. President Trump’s proposal to add $54...

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Shame isn’t always a bad thing

Sep 27, 2016 by

My parents were pretty effective in correcting their nine children by using frequent verbal reprimands, even the occasional “Shem dich!” (Pennsylvania German equivalent of “Shame on you”). They mostly...

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Budget for the future

Oct 26, 2015 by

Much of the media has grown hushed about the chance for yet another U.S. federal government shutdown if a budget can’t be solidified by Dec. 11. That silence offers a chance to speak up for finally trimming...

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