Of course, Americans want to be generous, but at what cost? Guess who is getting FEMA money? Operation USA, which has 25 years of experience in disaster relief? How about Pat Robertson instead? Bingo. Robertson's Operation Blessing is near the top of the list on the FEMA brochure
, which designates faith based charities almost excusively. Secular organizations with extensive disaster relief histories are almost completely left out. What does Robertson have a history of doing with donations? Mining gold and silver, and buying race horses. In addition to being named as someone people should contribute to, the US Government gave Robertson a million in cash.
Now why should anyone be upset at this? I can give several reasons:
1) While Robertson and his church is getting such favorable treatment from the government, The Nation of Islam was given nothing, although they also applied for faith based funds for the black community. Those charites which are religious, which are featured in the list, are mostly Christian or Jewish. Where are the American Islamic charities (Islam is the third most popular religion in America, after Christianity and Judaism)? Where are the Bah'ai charities, which also tried to get funds? Where are the Krishna groups' funds? Where are funds for the Quakers? Funds for groups outside of what our government dictates in the mainstream do not exist. This, my friend, is promoting the establishment of religion by our government, and the reason for the lawsuit.
2) Many of the faith based charities which are getting government money are scams. For instance, Pat Robertson, who I already mentioned above, used his donations, not for humanitarian efforts, but to fund his lavish lifestyle and personal business ventures.
3) Why should Robertson be on the list? His contributions to the Bush campaigns are one good reason he is on that list, or received grant money from FEMA. So did other religious Neocons show promoted the Bush campaigns, Herbert J. Lusk II also promoted Bush, and also got a one million dollar grant from FEMA
4) While Atheist Charities does not have a great track record as you say, that is not a valid argument, since blatant thieves like Robinson are already getting money.
5) A few charities which receive grants require those who seek aid to pray
. This not only clearly violates the establishment clause, but is antichristian in that Jesus made no such requirements. Those who found God did so because they wanted to.
6) Now back to the Separation of Church and State issue - On Feb. 10, 2001, a well known self proclaimed minister ranted and raved about the evils of faith based initiatives. In his speech, he cited a well reasoned fear that, once religious institutions accept government money, they could end up being enslaved by government. Who was this evangelist? None other than our favorite hypocrite Pat Robertson
, who has since demonstrated that his faith and devotion can be bought and sold like any other commodity.
Question to Pat Robertson: Do you belive in God and Jesus Christ?
Robertson: How much is my answer worth to you?