german church tax
May 21, 2009 4:15pm CST
in the federal republic of germany, churches get financial support by means of a church tax, which employers deduct from wages. one employer refused to remit church tax deducted from his employees' wages. why? in 1664 his ancestors were accused of witchcraft and were tortured and burned to death, and he holds the church respond- sible. he was taken to court, which found his action unjustified. otherwise, reports the magazine polizei, anyone whose ancestors suffered unjustly ...could refuse by reason of conscience to perform a duty placed upon him by the state. open for discussion!