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Response to demwing (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 1, 2014, 01:02 PM

28. You are judging them by today's standards.

 

If they owned slaves today I would certainly condemn them, but the bible permits owning slaves, and so did large parts of society at the time. Certainly other parts of society believed otherwise, but there were different religions too. The bible by which they lived did not condemn it, nor did the society in which they lived.

Paying taxes is not an ethical or moral question, it is a legal one. Writing laws is an ethical one, because law makers were elected to write laws benefiting those who elected them. They have an ethical obligation to represent the voter, whech they violate when they do otherwise. In paying taxes, one is only obligated to follow the prescription of law.

Do you refuse all exemptions on your tax form when you fill out the taxes? When your tax preparer says that you can deduct interest on the mortgage on your home do you say, "No, I want to pay those taxes. Do not take that deduction" to him? Do you volunteer to pay more taxes than the law requires you to pay?

Blaming and being angry may feels good in the short term, but what does it accomplish? You don't hurt them with your anger. They don't feel it. They don't know it exists. You feel it and it discolors your life. It detracts from the quality of your life.

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