Wetumpka group gathers for 5th annual Tax Day Tea PartyPublished 11:02am Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Speaker Troy Towns proclaimed that “the church has to come out of the closet” at the fifth annual Tax Day Tea Party Monday afternoon in Wetumpka.
Towns, a Montgomery businessman and minister, gave a fiery address that urged Christians to voice their values to provide a counterweight on social issues such as abortion and homosexual marriage.
“If we’re staying within the four walls of the church,” he said, “we’re not affecting the culture.”
Quoting American intellectuals from first Chief Justice John Jay to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Towns, who is black, recounted conversations he’s had with friends, relatives and customers.
Many are shocked by his fervent opposition to President Barack Obama, he said.
“If you’re just voting for (Obama) because he’s black,” Towns said, “It’s just as bad as not voting for him for that reason.”
It was a smaller than usual crowd for the April 15 event, at which the Wetumpka Tea Party was first formed in 2009. But there were more than 50 who enjoyed the pleasant evening on the shores of the Coosa at Gold Star Park.
Judy Whidbee, who emceed the event, said the Tea Party “is still here, despite the 2012 election.”
She also speculated the taxpayers in attendance “paid more than 18 percent in taxes, unlike President Obama.”
She stressed the Wetumpka Tea Party is not a political party, but “a grassroots movement begun to oppose rising taxes.”
“Looking back at the last four years,” she said, “I’m very proud of what we accomplished. While we were not always successful, it was our efforts that made the difference.”