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NHT a godless organisation

Published:Friday | November 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM


News that 75 per cent of National Housing Trust (NHT) contributors will be unable to qualify for housing benefits points to an oppressive and unjust institution that is intrinsically atheistic by nature.

Psalm 53:1cf says, "Fools say in their hearts, 'There is no God.'" It speaks to the denial of God done through deeds that are corrupt and abominable, deeds that "eat up my people" (v.4) and "confound the plans of the poor" (v.6).

Here, the denial of God is practical, and not cognitive. As such, the corporate behaviour of the NHT in collecting tax from more than half of its contributors, many of whom are minimum-wage earners who, according to media reports, would never be qualified to own a house, is oppressive and atheistic.

When an institution with responsibility to facilitate housing solutions for the people comfortably gives away $45.6 billion to the Government for IMF-guided economic support, while denying some 500,000 squatters, most of whom are minimum-wage earners, the opportunity of owning a house, that institution is oppressive, unjust and atheistic.

Let us return the NHT to its core values and encourage visionary suggestions to find new affordable housing solutions for the thousands of Jamaicans, some of whom are victims of the injustice their ancestors suffered at Emancipation when they were first denied ownership of land by the oppressive colonialists.