At the Monday, February 2 Charlottesville City Council meeting, the IMPACT “yellowshirts” were out in force in their annual attempt to shake-down local government (aka local taxpayers).
This unseemly commingling of left-wing political and religious “social justice” forces has found a built-in patsy in Mayor David Norris, who at last year’s “Charlottesville Inquisition” described the local “affordable housing” issue as a $400 million dollar problem.
Groups claiming to be “faith-based” should not look to the government as their “god” or as a resource for their good works. Rather, they should look to within their own congregations for resources and within their own hearts (and Bibles) for solutions to the “problems” they perceive.
In this instance, the “affordable housing crisis” for which IMPACT seeks government redress primarily was caused by the very same local governments now being asked to provide a “fix.”+ The “crisis” stems from reckless+ spending (in order to support social meddling), over-regulation and over-taxation by local government.
Attempting to use the confiscatory power of government to fund your pet projects is WRONG, IMPACT. Your methods are nothing short of extortion. Remember that tithing and contributions always are voluntary (unless you work for Tom Perriello), but taxation never is.
See University Baptist Church’s Senior Minister, Tom Leland, making the case for IMPACT+ at Monday’s City Council meeting.