Daniel Woodham and Frank Messey Discuss War Tax Resistance

The Guilfordian, the campus paper at Guilford College, covered a presentation on war tax resistance by Daniel Woodham and Frank Massey .

The article has some accuracy howlers in it, but certainly fits under the any publicity is good publicity umbrella.

I especially liked this detail:

“My great-great-grandfather was drafted for the Confederate Army,” said Frank Massey… “In those days you could pay $300 to hire someone else to fight for you. But he thought that if he opposed fighting, it would be just as bad to hire someone else to fight in his place. So he resisted.” That mentality is what caused Massey to begin resisting the war tax in .

David Little, who has been resisting taxes in Canada in conscientious objection to the funding of abortion, was sentenced to 66 days in jail for refusing to pay the fines that came along with a failure to file conviction a few years ago.

Little had appealed his case unsuccessfully up the judicial ladder, with the Supreme Court turning down his last appeal in January.

“I don’t want to co-operate with an entity that takes my money and pays gynecological assassins to kill my brothers and sisters,” Little said. “I’m prepared to die in jail, if necessary. I can no longer cope with the hypocrisy of praying for life… and paying for death.”

He may indeed face more jail time, as he is under court order to file his tax returns and has insisted he will not do so.

A retired local Catholic Bishop attended Little’s sentencing and endorsed his tax resistance, stating that he hoped the case would encourage more Catholics to resist.

From the New York Times:

Revolt Due to Octroi Tax.

Populace Sided with Cattleman Arrested for Refusing to Pay.

An outbreak occurred in the town of Canillas De Aceituno , in which two persons were killed and five wounded. Among the latter is a Sergeant of the Civil Guard. The trouble arose over the seizure of cattle by the authorities because the owner failed to pay the Octroi dues.

The cattle owner protested to the Mayor, whose only reply was to order the man’s arrest. The populace, which is violently hostile to the Octroi dues, sided with the cattleman, and massed in front of the City Hall. An attack by a force of civil guards to disperse the infuriated mob precipitated a sharp fight, in which firearms were freely used.