The link is to Mother Jones, an aggressive and progressive magazine out of San Francisco. They have been publishing for thirty years.
The article that the above link takes you to, among other interesting things, points out that ‘Operation Blessing’, one of the faith-based charitable organizations listed by FEMA (and our great leader, President Bush) as a good place to donate aid to Hurricane Katrina victims, sent one-half its money to Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, * not to any victims at all.
You know, I kind of liked the idea of being able to give direct to charitable organizations to spread relief to the needy, organizations like ‘Salvation Army’ and ‘Sacred Heart Community Services’ both of which spend over 80% of their funds on the people that they funds were intended for, namely the needy or victims of some disaster. Private organizations are so much more efficient at getting things done than the government!
But, of course, some organizations mis-represent themselves, and take advantage of the trusting goodness of the public in general.
Many Christians wonder why they are not taken seriously as ‘good people’, when in fact they are. But it is the Rolex-wearing, Private Jet owning people like Pat Robertson, in his four-thousand dollar suits, who give the rest of Christian Americans a black-eye, you know?
Why are people of his very slimy ilk put up with? Why don’t the churches unite and throw this greedy money-changer out of the Temple?
* A funny observation by Numerologists: re: The 700 Club, Pat’s spotlight on TV; if one takes the number ‘700’, then takes ‘P’ the 16th letter, and ‘R’, the 18th letter of the alphabet, (Pat’s initials) and subtracts those two numbers from 700, one gets, yes: ‘666’
Who Gives A $%&t?
News: Are Americans charitable? Or chintzy?
By Clara Jeffery
December/January 2006 Issue
2 IN 3 American households say they give to charity, at an average of $1,262 a year. But only 1 in 3 households report charitable deductions to the IRS.
Dan, doing what he is good at, namely wondering about things