The recent news regarding tax exemptions by municipalities and the decision by Bay Community Church to invite Action4Canada’s Tanya Gaw to promote her ideas as expressed on her web page and defended by said church, should prompt our municipal leaders to give serious second thought to granting tax exemption to religious organizations solely because they are under the umbrella of charitable organizations.
I feel it incumbent council members to go to the Action4Canada web page to see exactly what Ms. Gaw’s organization is promoting. It has a heavy political/conspiratorial bent couched in religiosity* and appears to be using churches as a platform for fundraising.
Promoting division within our community must not be tolerated. If nothing else, the statement issued by K’omoks First Nation should lead you to rescind the tax exemption of this organization.
*Extrinsic religiosity is when an individual views religion as a means to achieve some type of goal.