The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

November 30, 2012

Letter: A taxing situation

Enid News & Eagle

— William Wilberforce spent 18 years convincing parliament and Great Britain of the evils of slavery.

Martin Niemöller and Dietrich Bonhoeffer spent seven years trying to convince their church and fellow Germans of the evils the Nazis had toward the Jews. Bonhoeffer was executed, and 6 million Jews died.

Martin Luther King Jr. led marches and made great speeches and ultimately was jailed and paid with his life, pointing out the evils of segregation.

The Republican Party has spent at least 20-30 years writing platforms condemning the evil of abortion, but 54 million babies have died since Roe v. Wade.

Thomas Jefferson said, “No provision of our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.”

 And MLK said, “An individual who breaks a law that Conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the Conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”

So in accord with these two great men, I must announce publicly that my conscience cannot live with the idea that I would be paying for the death of more babies.

Starting next year, I’ll be asking that my taxes be withheld from the federal government, which not only supports abortion, but the gruesome procedure known as partial-birth abortion.

And I must also stand against the president for his strong support of homosexual marriage and that lifestyle, for though God loves the homosexual just as he loves all of us, he speaks strongly against their lifestyle in both Leviticus 18 and Romans 1.

I hope this might arouse the conscience of the community, or better several million more, but whether or not, I stand firm in my conviction.

Mary Rumph