Mennonites and Shane Claiborne – Conscientious Tax-Cheat

Mennonites may be interested in the following article about new monastic Shane Claiborne, who was scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the 2011 National Youth Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches this April 16-19.

Conscientious Tax-Cheats
by Mark Tooley, President of the Institute on Religion and Democracy
April 15, 2011

Self-professed “urban monastic” Evangelical Leftist Shane Claiborne has publicly announced his withholding 30 percent of his taxes to protest all U.S. defense spending. A strict pacifist who was in Baghdad in 2003 to protest the U.S. liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein, Claiborne is an icon for young evangelicals opposed to the American “empire.”

“While I am glad to contribute money to the common good and towards things that promote life and dignity, especially for the poor and most vulnerable people among us, I am deeply concerned that 30 percent of the federal budget goes towards military spending, with 117 billion going to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he explained in his recent letter to the IRS….

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Mark Tooley concludes that most Americans of faith are far more sensible and responsible than Evangelical Leftists like Claiborne. This is why Mennonites should be very concerned that he was allowed to speak at the youth conference last week and influence this generation with his innocent sounding social gospel propaganda.


*Related Menno-lite posts on Shane Claiborne:

Jim Wallis, Shane Claiborne and Progressive Christianity

MB Herald promotes Ecumenism, New Monasticism

Youth convention speaker raises eyebrows

The NCR Sheds More Light on the Mennonite Brethren’s 2011 Youth Convention Speaker, Shane Claiborne

MB leaders respond to concerns about conference speaker

Shane Claiborne will be the keynote speaker for the 2011 National Youth Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches

MB Herald Spotlights Claiborne’s Socialist Propaganda

Shane Claiborne’s Common Prayer


An Ecumenical Evening With Shane Claiborne, Theme Speaker at Annual Meeting


3 thoughts on “Mennonites and Shane Claiborne – Conscientious Tax-Cheat

  1. I would LAUGH for around a month if after Claiborne gets imprisoned for tax evasion, his prison cell-mate ends up being Kent Hovind. THAT would be reality TV worth watching!

    • 14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?

      15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.

      16 And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s.

      17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.

      -Mark 12

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