The Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together (IMPACT)—a political offshoot of the infamous “community organizing” group, ACORN—held their annual Nehemiah Action last evening at the University of Virginia’s University Hall. The gathering is an embarrassing interfaith convocation of local deists, “Christians,” Jews, and Muslims who together advocate for a melding of church (mosque, temple) and state, in order to promulgate a Marxist “social justice” agenda.
In their yearly “Charlottesville Inquisition,” IMPACT isolates and intimidates elected officials by marching them to a center-stage microphone one-by-one, before an amassed, seething crowd—demanding “yes” or “no” answers to a series of lopsided questions where there is only one “correct” resolve. In advance of response, supervisors and councilors are promised rousing applause for affirmative answers and stony, disapproving silence for negative replies. “Yes, buts” are considered a no, they are warned.
Public interest in IMPACT appears waning, as 2011 attendance estimates were substantially lower than in previous years. Event organizers attempted to conceal the decline by eliminating floor seating, but the visual manipulation was ineffective.
However, the bigger story was the absence of three councilors and five supervisors—Republicans and Democrats alike. Perhaps tired of harassment and bullying in the name of “god,” the vast majority of solicited local elected simply said, “no,” and abjured IMPACT’s “invitation” to participate.
With only three official’s chairs filled and no dissenters present, the “inquisition” concluded more quickly than usual.
Representing Albemarle County was Supervisor Lindsay Dorrier, Jr., who in spite of his announced abdication of office at year’s end, promised to support IMPACT’s monetary ultimatums—in next year’s budget! The fact that Mr. Dorrier will have no power to effect his pledge did dampen the mob’s lemming-like enthusiasm over his affirmation of IMPACT goals.
Charlottesville City fielded Councilor Kristen Szakos, a Progressive patsy, who never met a social justice program she didn’t like; and Councilor Satyendra Huja, currently on a publicly funded vote buying binge as he desperately seeks reelection this year. Both gleefully capitulated to IMPACT’s every demand.
Unwilling to accept an official’s choice not to participate, IMPACT committed a final act of coercion upon the event’s conclusion. As attendees left the building, they were handed a paper urging scripted phone calls to the absent elected, expressing extreme disappointment in their failure to attend the Nehemiah Action. Phone numbers for most of the missing were provided along with suggested language and call times.
IMPACT did not mention that calls could be placed to thank officials for not attending the Charlottesville Inquisition. But perhaps that would be a brilliant and befitting response from a silent majority of local Christians who abhor IMPACT’s political appropriation of their faith.
Click to see the IMPACT “call script” and for phone numbers of non-attending officials.
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