Opinion: Do pagans pay their taxes? By Simon Sweetman

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John Christensen of the Tax Justice Network was, I think, surprised to google his way to a piece which had him and the Wicker Man in the same article. The Straw Man, now, might be another story because he makes some fairly frequent appearances in debates about tax, justice and morality (even if not always acknowledged but always knocked down). But no, this was his slightly sturdier cousin (if this was the three little pigs we might have to worry about the brick man).

This came in a slightly excitable piece by the reverend Frank Gelli on a website called The Epoch Times and appeared to suggest that pagans have now progressed from burning Edward Woodward alive to tax evasion. That may be confusing to those who thought that they had only progressed to burning someone else in the remake instead...

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By Anonymous
20th Nov 2006 16:26

Evil mis-spelling
Of course 'Santa' can be mis-spelt as Satan.

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By redsq01
20th Nov 2006 20:54

What's Simon been smoking?
Eh ? and where can I getb some?

This sounds like Kurtz - rationally mad

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21st Nov 2006 10:35

Heavy handed ?
Thank you for enlivening my elevenses with your light hearted and amusing piece, Simon.

Perhaps some of your readers need to take themselves a little less seriously.

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20th Nov 2006 08:42

Quakers and wealth
Simon

I think your Quaker business history a little awry.

Cadbury, Lloyds (as in Bank), Barclays (ditto) and Friends Provident are just four (ex) Quaker companies that are decidely active today.

There have been many more. Frys, Carrs (as in water biscuits) and so on. Most of the railways in the north of England were built with Quaker money.

Quakers do not have a problem with wealth. Quakers have a problem with the misuse of wealth.

I should decalre an interest. I have been a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). I was a founder of the Quakers and Business Group (http://www.quakerbusiness.org/) and am also an Anglican, for good measure.

I do happen to think haven activity is incompatable with Christian faith. It represents a failure to ask the question 'who is my neighbour?'

Richard Murphy
http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/blog/.


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