Religion: God & Taxes

For the past ten years, the Rev. Maurice McCrackin, Presbyterian pastor of Cincinnati's St. Barnabas Church, has refused to pay all of his federal income tax —since 1955 he has not even filed a return. His defense: Christian principle. As a pacifist, he declines to contribute to armaments by paying taxes. Last week the feds came for Non-Taxpayer McCrackin.

A deputy U.S. marshal and two Internal Revenue agents found him sitting in his car in front of Findlay Street Neighborhood House, a recreational center for slum children that he heads. When they told McCrackin to come along, he refused to budge. They...

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