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By Roman R. Manchester

What is the morality of taxation? Most people today have probably never considered that question. Rather, they simply pay their taxes as a matter of duty without ever thinking twice about it. Of course the government has the right to tax us, they tell themselves. It is our civic duty as citizens to pay taxes, others believe.

Is this true, however? Do we have a civic duty to pay taxes, and does the government have the right to tax us?

Americans, by and large, have stopped asking these questions. It is assumed that the government has the right to tax its citizens, and that citizens have the duty to pay those taxes. The Bible is even cited as an authority to keep Christians in line. Our Lord tells those asking him about taxes, Render unto Caesar what is Caesars and to God what is Gods. These words are almost universally accepted as an endorsement for Christians to pay their taxes without question.