Courage to be a conscientious objector

Nov 13, 2017 by

It doesn’t take a lot of courage to be a conscientious objector — to something that everyone is objecting to. It is easier to object to racism today than it was to object to slavery in 1850. It is easier...

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Dicates of conscience

Nov 6, 2017 by

Historians and the media are remembering the First World War, which members of my family dealt with 100 years ago. One of my uncles was drafted into the Army; an attempt to obtain a farm deferment was not...

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Won’t pay for war

Jan 30, 2017 by

Prophet Martin Luther King Jr. damned the Vietnam War with his most controversial speech on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated. King said, “The greatest purveyor of violence in the...

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Chaplain redirects some tax dollars to pay for peace

May 23, 2016 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — For two years, Ruth Anne Friesen has redirected a portion of her federal income tax payments to support the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience program at Eastern Mennonite...

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Resisting war taxes

Mar 14, 2016 by

As a conscientious objector to war, I believe that paying for war is a form of participation in war. Knowing that 45 percent of my federal tax dollars underwrites warmaking and militarism presents a profound...

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Paying for atrocities

Oct 26, 2015 by

If you are angry about U.S. and NATO aircraft bombing and destroying a Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and if you think President Obama is guilty of war crimes, then include in that...

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Simple is peaceful

Apr 13, 2015 by

When would it be right for an enemy nation to murder your family? If never, how can it be right for the U.S. to murder anyone else’s family? I oppose all war, so for me to pay federal income tax to train...

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