Cleveland, Ohio (AP) —
The superintendant of schools in the Cleveland Catholic Diocese said
that he was willing to withhold
tax payments, even if it meant “that I am to be prosecuted,” to protest a
federal court ban on state aid to parochial schools.
Novicky in a statement compared
the situation that Catholic parents now face with the civil rights movement.
“Blacks rallied behind such leaders as
Dr. Martin Luther King, who
declared if a law is unjust and unfair it should be disobeyed in the pursuit
said. “Blacks were beaten, hosed, chased by dogs and were jailed, but they
“And the courts took note of the black man’s struggle.”
said he abhors violence or destruction of property, but is “prepared to
suffer the consequences” of withholding taxes.
He said refusing to pay taxes strikes at the “double burden of taxation every
parent must pay who has a child in a nonpublic school.”
Philadelphia — The monthly Quaker magazine
Friends Journal has agreed to pay $31,343 as a
settlement with the Internal Revenue Service for the war tax resistance by
its editor, Vinton Dening. That covers five years of taxes
(), $19,623, plus interest.
had placed a levy on Dening’s salary, which the magazine’s board of managers
refused to pay. But the board finally agreed to the settlement when counsel
advised that it could not win a court case.
The board supports a bill before Congress that would provide a way for
individuals to direct their tax money to peaceful purposes.
Actually, it was Vinton Deming, with an “m”. He retired from his post
at Friends Journal in
. In he
explained his introduction to war tax resistance in this way:
When I attended Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in the late 1960s I had no way of
knowing that my life would be changed as a result.… [T]he meeting was
wrestling with the question of draft resistance and was trying to prepare an
appropriate minute in support of young Friends faced with the draft. During
a difficult moment in this process a young Friend stood and spoke with deep
emotion; and his words went straight to my heart. It didn’t matter, he said,
what older Friends might say in his support of him and his generation
(through support was needed and appreciated, for sure); what really
mattered to him was that Friends look personally at their own lives to see
how they were connected to warmaking. If they were too old to be drafted (and
most of us were) perhaps they could find other ways to resist the war.
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