UK taxpayers fund the NHS (National Health Service) which in turn funds a large proportion of abortion in the UK. What can a Catholic do about this and where does moral responsibility lie?
I don’t have an answer for you, but it bothers me immensely that in my state almost everything I pay in property taxes goes to fund my states Medicaid program. And our Medicaid program will pay for abortions now up until birth. And it pays for gender reassignment surgeries for minors. Both things I don’t support and wish I didn’t have to with my tax dollars.
Same in Ireland. I was thinking should we be actively trying to avoid paying taxes to undermine this?
I agree using tax dollars for these activities is horrible. It has always bothered me the way in which tax money is hijacked for wicked purposes.
First, pray. Vote for those who will fight it and/or run for office yourself. If you wish, you can minimize your tax liability in order to avoid paying for this, but you have no culpability as a taxpayer for what elected officials spend your money on.
It seems to me the answer is found in Luke 20:25; or even more explicitly, Romans 13:1-7.
Everyone that pays taxes has some moral issue with where their money goes. We don’t like it but it’s unavoidable. Making your preferences known to your representatives and/or running yourself are all we can do. Laws can be changed and funding can be changed…it’s a very slow process and until then? Do whatever you feel you must while remaining a good citizen.
I’m sure the Roman government in Jesus day was funding crimes against life with tax dollars and Jesus said give to Cesar what is Caesars.
The tax is mandatory and you can’t do anything about how the money is spent. The responsibility ultimately falls upon, in your case, Parliament and the Crown.
Actually, the gladiator games were generally privately funded. Roman politicians would sponsor gladiator games and other spectacles out of their own pockets in order to gain popularity, just as our own politicians spend large amounts of money on campaign ads (many of which are used to sponsor sporting events).
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