I knew Dr Dave Diewert as the mild-mannered language professor who joined the Regent College faculty as I was finishing my studies there. Now look what he has to say in the Tent Village Voice [emphasis mine]:
The political aspect of the Tent Village, in a climate that is very concerned about image and making things look like everything is under control, is to have this eruption. An eruption that crosses lines of legality and illegality of who owns this space and who occupies this space, these kind of eruptions of those structures become opportunities to say something strong. The point is for this action to bring into light in a powerful way, or in as powerful as we can together, the realities of homelessness, gentrification and criminalization of poverty.
So you’ve decided to encourage your followers to violate private property rights. It appears that they neither own the land nor have permission to use it. But you want to use the government to force taxpayers to support the poor:
Our goal is to fight and push government to build more social housing, give better incomes, and to stop the gentrification of our neighborhood, the Downtown Eastside. [Wendy Pederson]
You want to push the government to provide housing and give better incomes with whose money? The tooth fairy? As a taxpayer maybe I don’t want to pay my taxes, especially if it would benefit the lawbreakers at Tent Village. I have a question–would you support my violation of the tax law just as you have supported the violation of the laws protecting the owners of the property that tent village is squatting upon? Or would you insist that the CRA use the full force of the law to make me, a rich person in Canada, ante up or else?
This is not the criminalization of the poor, but poor people acting like criminals. And you my dear brother are encouraging them to do it.
I guess these words of Paul don’t apply to poor (Romans 13.1-4; RSV):
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath on the wrongdoer.
You are lucky to have friends that want to defend you, but the more they defend you the more people will learn how fringe you’ve become.