Thursday, March 9, 2006
We previously have blogged Susan Pace Hamill's forthcoming article arguing that President's Bush tax policy violates Judeo-Christian ethics, An Evaluation of Federal Tax Policy Based on Judeo-Christian Ethics, 25 Va. Tax Rev. ___ (2006), as well as a critique by E. Frank Stephenson, An Argument for Tax Reform Based on Judeo-Christian Ethics: A Rejoinder, 36 Cumb. L. Rev. 103 (2006).
In her new paper, ... she argues that:
the moral values driving the Bush Administration's tax policy decisions reflect objectivist ethics, a form of atheism that exalts individual property rights over all other moral considerations. Given their overwhelming adherence to Christianity and Judaism, I conclude that President Bush, many members of Congress and many Americans are not meeting the moral obligations of their faiths.
Powerful stuff! Susan joined the Alabama faculty as a tax scholar in the mid-1990's. About five years ago, on sabbatical, she pursued graduate work at Samford University's Beeson Divinity School - not exactly a hotbed of liberalism. These recent pieces reflect a marriage of scholarship with personal passion. Not surprisingly, people from many perspectives can find ways to disagree with Susan. On the other hand, she exemplifies a professor who believes her scholarship must have practical consequences. I have tremendous admiration for both her work and the way she has chosen to structure her professional life.
Is Bush an atheist? Who'd have thought you'd read the Virginia Tax Review to find out.