Rev. Tyler Wagenmaker, pastor of Beaverdam Christian Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Mich., helped coordinate an anti-tax Tea Party that took place in his neighborhood April 15, the deadline for filing income taxes in the United States.
Wagenmaker said he did it “as a concerned citizen and as a concerned pastor.”
He said that taxation in the U.S. is “stealing trillions of dollars from future generations.” He also feels that people are looking to the government to solve their problems “when they should look to the church, to God, and to family.”
He said that expecting government to solve problems “prevents people from re-connecting with families and church to go the extra mile.”
Tea parties were held in cities across the U.S. in protest of tax policies under President Obama. They were fashioned after the Boston Tea Party of 1773 when American colonists dumped three shiploads of tea into the Boston Harbor in a protest against British taxation.
The Hudsonville Tea Party was held at a local parking lot. Approximately 1,000 people attended.