conscience TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR is a campaigning organisation which works to create a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.
The ultimate aim of conscience is to bring about a situation where national security is ensured using non-military rather than military means. To achieve this aim we advocate non-military security and provide information and resources to support the development of peacebuilding and conflict prevention methods. These methods are more effective and better value forms of security than military intervention. On this basis we campaign for a progressive increase in the amount of UK tax spent on peacebuilding and a corresponding decrease in the amount spent on war and the preparation for war.
In addition, we campaign for an update in the law, so that people with a conscientious objection to war can have the part of their taxes currently spent on war and the preparation for war – approximately 10% – spent on peacebuilding and conflict prevention instead. This is in recognition of the fact that we no longer face military conscription in the UK, yet we bear a moral responsibility for our contribution to the military through our taxes.
conscience was born from the conscientious objection movement. A conscientious objector is someone who refuses to perform military service – refuses to kill – on the grounds of freedom of thought, conscience, or religion. In the UK we contribute to war and killing through our taxes. Under the UK’s current tax system people are not able to express their freedom of thought, conscience, or religion by not paying for war and diverting their taxes away from killing to other forms of security.
Many people have refused to contribute to war because of their beliefs and unfortunately many have been punished for their conviction. conscience campaigns on behalf of those who refuse to pay for war, we campaign because military security is expensive ineffective and it costs lives. Non-military solutions to security are more effective in the long term, better value, and are forms of security you can pay tax for with a clear conscience.
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