Markets & Justice

Markets & Justice
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White Australia Has A Black History

White Australia Has A Black History

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Is Facebook Australia being greedy and giving to no-one but #FacebookAustralia?

Is it the case that in Australia the bigger you are 
the more you can avoid tax 
and the easier it is to get away with it?

Funny that this makes headlines this week ... when one considers the Gospel reading from last Sunday.  The reading was from the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 22: verses 15-22.  It is the story of the religious know-it-all-legalists trying to outsmart Jesus with a tricky question.  It is set out below in a modern version from The Message.  Advocacy could have given you a wonderfully spiritual sermon on this passage but the bible message is succinct, to the point and, linked to Facebook Australia's possible tax dodging, this seems to be the better way.

Paying Taxes

15-17 That’s when the Pharisees plotted a way to trap him into saying something damaging. They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod’s followers mixed in, to ask, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don’t pander to your students. So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
18-19 Jesus knew they were up to no good. He said, “Why are you playing these games with me? Why are you trying to trap me? Do you have a coin? Let me see it.” They handed him a silver piece.
20 “This engraving—who does it look like? And whose name is on it?”
21 They said, “Caesar.”
“Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.”
22 The Pharisees were speechless. They went off shaking their heads.