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Sacred Texts,
Social Duty

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain," wrote Benjamin Franklin, "except death and taxes." For centuries, the faithful have said much about death, little about taxes. Yet, taxes support our common life as a society. The Abrahamic faith traditions have much to say on this issue, and some of it will surprise you. See how Jewish, Christian and Muslim people of faith read their sacred texts and what they say morally about taxation.

"Sacred Texts, Social Duty" features interviews with nearly two dozen people of faith—congregational leaders, academicians and tax experts. Christians, Jews and Muslims speak candidly about what their sacred texts and religious traditions say about taxation and how their moral teachings apply to contemporary taxes.

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"'Sacred Texts, Social Duty' is a very important film, especially in this time wherein so many of our politicians and pundits seem to view taxation as one of the great illnesses of society. We seem to forget just what our taxes pay for and how necessary such things as public safety, education and transportation are. We have also forgotten that the three major religious traditions of Western civilization advocate for communal responsibility as it relates to the poor. I am most interested in using this film in the future for a program with Muslims, Christians and Jews and their respective clergy. The film, being so exceptionally well done, lends itself to communal dialogue among our congregants, clergy and politicians."

- Fred Guttman, Rabbi
Temple Emanuel - Greensboro, NC

"With keen insight into the social context of persons of faith in America, representative leaders from the Abraham traditions speak of the moral responsibility of taxes. The significant message of the documentary is that individual and congregational charity cannot resolve the urgent needs of those in charity. Only public morality through constructive, progressive tax policies can address the common good and move toward justice. has provided a significant public service in re-framing the significance of taxes as viewed through the lenses of sacred texts. The unequivocal teaching of Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Quran is that almsgiving demonstrates compassion and faith in God; these scriptures also advocate for participation in the larger social contract of taxation."

- Molly T. Marshall, President
Central Baptist Theological Seminary — Shawnee, KS

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