Oregon Man Doesn’t Pay Taxes Because He’s a Christian Who Opposes Abortion

Apr 17, 2018

By Hemant Mehta

With taxes due by Tuesday, one Oregon man is trying to get out of paying his by claiming he shouldn’t have to… because he’s a Christian.

Michael Bowman hasn’t filed a tax return or paid taxes since 1999 on grounds that the money would be used to support abortions, which he opposes.

“A woman has the right to choose, but apparently, the prosecutor feels I do not have a right to choose,” Bowman wrote [in a court filing].

Federal dollars don’t fund abortions, except in rare circumstances like saving a woman’s life. It’s the pro-choice side that should be upset about that, not the other side. Furthermore, courts have already ruled that religious objections aren’t an acceptable excuse for not paying taxes. (Otherwise, a lot of people would find religion real fast.) Just because you don’t agree with where your money goes doesn’t mean you can avoid paying taxes.

It’s a form of Christian privilege that Bowman thinks his faith can override those rules.

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4 comments on “Oregon Man Doesn’t Pay Taxes Because He’s a Christian Who Opposes Abortion

  • @OP – “A woman has the right to choose, but apparently, the prosecutor feels I do not have a right to choose,” Bowman wrote [in a court filing].

    Ah! The brain addled thinking of “faith”!

    So let’ s get the points straight!

    “A woman [on advice from doctors] has the right to choose [about HER body and her pregnancy], but apparently, the prosecutor feels I [Bowman – advised by my ignorant bigoted god-delusion], do not have a right to choose [about HER pregnancy and her body]”.

    Perhaps a group of pregnant women could claim the RIGHT to direct appropriate medical treatment for HIM!
    (Psychiatric counselling, or basic training in logical thinking, or how to see other people’s viewpoints, perhaps!)



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  • I’m really tired of these so-called Christians who either don’t read their Bible or cognitive dis their way around certain passages they don’t like. I rather think it’s the former as the Christians I’ve communicated with seem genuinely startled to learn that their god indeed does approve of abortions, albeit in a limited circumstance generally known as “The Jealous Husband”. It’s right there in Numbers Ch 5 vs 21. So as an ironic double wammy to this Oregon tax cheat, the husband ONLY – not the wife – gets to decide if the wife should have an abortion. Of course apologists would say that god decided her fate, but then we’re back to where we started, their god approves of abortion.



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  • Greg #2
    Apr 18, 2018 at 1:28 am

    I rather think it’s the former as the Christians I’ve communicated with seem genuinely startled to learn that their god indeed does approve of abortions, albeit in a limited circumstance generally known as “The Jealous Husband”.

    Of course it is far more extensive than that, as about 70% of fertilised human eggs spontaneously abort/miscarry, – sometimes without the woman even being aware of this!

    In fact if they believe that their god directs nature, HE is the biggest perpetrator of abortions on Earth!

    Furthermore, if the Catholic notion of “ensoulment at conception” is accepted, the high rate of early stage spontaneous abortions means that their “heaven” is full of “zygote souls” which never developed brains, eyes, ears, or voices!

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2017/11/an-exchange-on-abortion/#li-comment-227617



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  • And haven’t been baptised. The stomach retches at the possibilities that arise here, priests baptising things that are messy collections of cells, but still have souls and are entitled, as full blown human beings, to receive the sacrament of baptism.



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