[saymaListserv] Religious Peace Tax Fund
nmwhitt at samford.edu
Thu Jun 23 08:34:51 JEST 2005
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 09:26:29 -0400
From: "Guy Pujol" <guypujol at mindspring.com>
Subject: [BPFNA] Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act
To: "BPFNA Listserv" <bpfna at earlham.edu>
Message-ID: <KIEMJLPCFCPKGBJLNLGIAEACCJAA.guypujol at mindspring.com>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
Yesterday I received an email from Democracy in Action with an update on
Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act. Originally I thought it was a
this listserv, but it wasn't; so, I'm passing along some information...
hoping that those of you in the US have Representatives you can invite
sign on as co-sponsors to this bill.
On May 25, 2005, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) introduced the Religious Freedom
Peace Tax Fund Act [H.R. 2631] into the House. The full name (and
of the bill is: To affirm the religious freedom of taxpayers who are
conscientiously opposed to participation in war, to provide that the
estate, or gift tax payments of such taxpayers be used for nonmilitary
purposes, to create the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund to receive such
payments, to improve revenue collection, and for other purposes.
Currently, the bill has 35 co-sponsors and has been referred to the
Ways and Means Committee.
Basically, this bill creates the ability for US taxpayers to declare
themselves as conscientious objectors with regard to federal taxes and
designate that your tax money cannot be used--in part or in whole--for
military purposes. Instead, your tax monies will be deposited to the
Tax Fund, which is managed by the Treasury, and then "allocated annually
any appropriation not for a military purpose." ["Military purposes"
includes not only war and the armed forces, but also the National
Council, foreign military aid, and other agencies & activities.]
For the text of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act [Sec. 2:
is worth reading!] and the current status of this bill, go to the THOMAS
Library of Congress website, http://thomas.loc.gov, and search for
"Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act" or HR 2631. Please review the
of current co-sponsors. If your Representative is not a co-sponsor,
write to her/him and ask that s/he co-sponsor this bill. If you Rep. is
already a co-sponsor, please send her/him a thank you note and express
gratitude for her/his support of this meaningful piece of legislation.
The New York City Council is currently considering Resolution 367, a
resolution in support of the Peace Tax Fund. It is the first [proposed]
city council resolution in support of the Peace Tax Fund Act. If you
in NYC, please let your Councilperson know of your support for the Peace
Fund and encourage her/him to vote affirmatively for Res. 367.
I'm through accepting limits
'Cuz someone says they're so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know
--Elphaba in "Defying Gravity" from WICKED
G. Guy Pujol, Jr.
63 Sycamore Station
Decatur, GA 30030
guypujol at mindspring.com
BPFNA mailing list
BPFNA at lists.earlham.edu
End of BPFNA Digest, Vol 4, Issue 53
More information about the sayma