Welcome to the National Campaign
for a Peace Tax Fund
The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF), based in Washington, D.C., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) organization which advocates for passage of the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act, H.R. 2377, in the 114th Congress. When enacted, this law will restore the rights of citizens whose conscience does not permit financial participation in any war. This includes both individuals who are members of religious congregations as well as those who are not religious, but have ethical and moral objections to paying for war. Federal taxes of designated conscientious objectors will be placed in a non-military trust fund, enabling the government to obtain needed federal revenue without violating these individuals' right to the free exercise of their beliefs. The Peace Tax Foundation (PTF) is NCTPF's tax-exempt sister 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation serves to inform the public about the concept of alternative tax payment programs that are based upon moral, ethical, and religious opposition to participation in warfare. See more on the purpose of the NCPTF and PTF.
What's Happening This Summer (2016)
Surely, I must at all times attempt to obey the law of the state. But when the will of God and the will of the state conflict, I am compelled to follow the will of God. —Bayard Rustin
Friends, this summer is bringing us many opportunities to meet you. Representatives of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund will be present at several gatherings this summer, and we hope we'll see you at one.
Our Board chairman Rick Woodard recently attended the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference (new window) in Greensboro, North Carolina, and also the Faithful Witness in a Time of Endless War: Drone Warfare and God's Call to Peacemaking event (new window) in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, at the end of June. He enjoyed meeting current supporters, and we look forward to growing our relationship with new ones.
In August, Candi Horton, our West Coast contact, will attend the Veterans For Peace Convention (new window) in Berkeley, California. If you live nearby or will be attending the VFP Convention, Candi would love to talk to you about our upcoming work to pass the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act.
In August, Executive Director Jack McHale and our new staffer, Malachy Kilbride, will attend the Pax Christi USA National Gathering 2016 (new window) outside of Baltimore, Maryland. We are reminded of the recent statement Pope Francis made to a gathering of children at the Vatican:
This is serious. Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms and sell them to one country for them to use against another country. . . . It's the industry of death, the greed that harms us all, the desire to have more money. . . . The economic system orbits around money and not men, women. . . . So war is waged in order to defend money. This is why some people don't want peace: They make more money from war, although wars make money but lose lives, health, education. . . . —Pope Francis
Jack and Malachy will also be present to meet Friends attending Baltimore Yearly Meeting's Annual Session (new window) in Frederick, Maryland. Come see us at our table by the bookstore.
In the United Kingdom, the Chilcot Report—The Iraq Inquiry (new window)—was just released. Officially we now know that the invasion, war, and occupation of Iraq were based on falsehood and deception. Whether a similar report is ever published by the government of the United States remains to be seen. Sadly, our taxes have paid for this awful tragedy and continue to fund planning for yet more war. The creation of a Peace Tax Fund is now, as much as ever, vitally needed so that the taxes of people of faith and conscience can be be directed toward human needs and not war.
We look forward to meeting you at the various gatherings around the country this summer and working together on passing the Peace Tax Fund!
Welcome to Our New Executive Director
Jack McHale has accepted the Executive Director's position with the Peace Tax Foundation (PTF) and the National Campaign For the Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF) as of January 4, 2016. Jack has been active in the peace movement for over 25 years. He has served as the Treasurer for Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement recently for 3 years as well as the former chairperson of Pax Christi Metro DC/Baltimore. He is active with the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Community in DC as well. He initiated a monthly witness at the CIA against the Armed Drone program that the CIA is directing throughout the globe. He also has focused on a grassroots campaign across the US to have the Catholic Church reject their Just War teachings.
Jack sees tremendous potential in advancing the mission of the National Campaign For the Peace Tax Fund through the "Congressional District Contacts" program. The NCPTF will work strategically in working to get more cosponsors for the "bill."
Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill Introduced in 114th Congress as H.R. 2377
As mentioned below, Congressman John Lewis of Georgia introduced the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund bill in the 114th Congress on May 15, 2015. The Bill's number is H.R. 2377. Currently, there are no cosponsors. This bill, if passed, will extend to U.S. taxpayers the right of conscientious objection to paying for war and preparation for war. The legislation has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. The text of the bill can be read on the "The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill, H.R. 2377" page on this site or on Thomas (new window), the legislative information Web site of the Library of Congress.
All of us who support this legislation can fulfill an important responsibility by persuading our Representatives in the U.S. Congress to communicate to Rep. John Lewis their support and willingness to be cosponsors of the bill. Links to information on the bill's status in the House of Representatives are available on this bill's "Bill Summary & Status" page on Thomas (new window).
Please take a minute right now and send a letter or e-mail message to your U.S. Representative urging her/him to cosponsor this House bill. You may find this sample letter to a Representative helpful: Sample Letter to a Representative (PDF file, 15 KB, new window). You can also send a request to your Senators urging them to introduce similar legislation in the Senate: Sample Letter to a Senator (PDF file, 15 KB, new window). If you have the time to personalize your message, it is best to do so, as it is likely to receive greater attention. Also, each time you contact your members of Congress, be sure to ask them to let you know what they do in response to your request.
If you're not sure whether you remember who your U.S. Representative is or who your Senators are, look them up at CongressLookup.com (new window).
Congressman Lewis Honors International Conscientious Objector Day, Introduces Peace Tax Fund Legislation
On May 15, 2015, International Conscientious Objector Day, Rep. John Lewis will introduce the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act in the 114th Congress.
"This bill provides a way for Americans who oppose war to pay their taxes with a clean conscience. It protects both freedom of religion and freedom of speech," says the Congressman on his Web site (new window).
In a letter to his colleagues encouraging them to co-sponsor this legislation, Rep. Lewis noted that "the First Amendment provides that citizens shall be free to exercise their religious beliefs. In recognition of this principle, since 1940, federal law has permitted those who oppose war to declare themselves conscientious objectors and accept an alternative position to military service. Unfortunately, however, there has never existed a similar mechanism that would permit conscientious objectors to comply with both their nonviolent religious beliefs and their duty to pay taxes as an American citizen at the same time."
"The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act addresses this serious problem by creating a way for conscientious objectors to fulfill their federal tax obligations with a clear conscience. As a result of this act, they will know that their tax dollars will not be used to pay for war."
Statements of Conscience
Read and create personal expressions of conscience about paying for war: