oct 18th, 2006
the naked face of christism -- as the well-packaged mask of white imperialism.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
While feeling concerned about the "definitive results of Islamization" in
India, also please feel concerned about the aggressive evangelism (JOSHUA
PROJECT--$20 Billion Plus project) emanating from America, well-funded,
superbly networked, backed by the highest of the land, seized of its moral
supremacy, having India as one of its key targets (as revealed in a
disturbing exposé), a jingoistic president, multi-million dollar
corporations, high technology, a grand if furtive mission, networks spanning
the globe, and biblical invocations. Only it's real. And its got India in
US FAITH-BASED INITIATIVES:'GEORGE BUSH HAS A BIG CONVERSION AGENDA IN INDIA.'
STATISTICS AND FACTS FROM THE JOSHUA PROJECT
CAN HINDUISM FACE THE ONSLAUGHT OF PROJECT THESSALONICA?
Also, please read carefully:
BOSTON GLOBE SERIES ON AMERICA EXPORTING FAITH
October 11, 2006
(Articles in this four-part series examine how American religious
organizations benefit from an increasingly accommodating government):
PART 1: CHANGING THE RULES:
BUSH BRINGS FAITH TO FOREIGN AID,
AS FUNDING RISES, CHRISTIAN GROUPS DELIVER HELP -- WITH A MESSAGE
PART 2: CHURCH MEETS STATE: EXPORTING FAITH:
RELIGIOUS RIGHT WIELDS CLOUT, SECULAR GROUPS LOSING FUNDING AMID PRESSURE
Part 3: THE MUSLIM WORLD | EXPORTING FAITH:
TOGETHER, BUT WORLDS APART,
CHRISTIAN AID GROUPS RAISE SUSPICION IN STRONGHOLDS OF ISLAM
PART 4: MISSIONARIES IN TRAINING | EXPORTING FAITH: HEALING THE BODY TO
REACH THE SOUL, EVANGELICALS ADD CONVERTS THROUGH MEDICAL TRIPS
* * *
NYTimes Series: Part 1:
IN GOD'S NAME:
AS EXEMPTIONS GROW, RELIGION OUTWEIGHS REGULATION
NY Times Series: Part 2:
IN GOD'S NAME:
LIMITING WORKERS' RIGHTS
NYTimes series: Part 3:
IN GOD'S NAME:
NYTimes Series: Part 4:
IN GOD'S NAME:
RELIGION-BASED TAX BREAKS: HOUSING TO PAYCHECKS TO BOOKS
The US government has given $10.9 million to Food for the Hungry, a
faith-based development organization, to reach deep into the arid mountains
of northern Kenya to provide training in hygiene, childhood illnesses, and
clean water. The group has brought all that, and something else that
increasingly accompanies US-funded aid programs: regular church service and
President Bush has almost doubled the percentage of US foreign-aid dollars
going to faith-based groups such as Food for the Hungry, according to a
Globe survey of government data. And in seeking to help such groups obtain
more contracts, Bush has systematically eliminated or weakened rules
designed to enforce the separation of church and state.
For decades, US policy has sought to avoid intermingling government programs
and religious proselytizing. The aim is both to abide by the Constitution's
prohibition against a state religion and to ensure that aid recipients don't
forgo assistance because they don't share the religion of the provider.
But many of those restrictions were removed by Bush in a little-noticed
series of executive orders -- a policy change that cleared the way for
religious groups to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in additional
government funding. It also helped change the message American aid workers
bring to many corners of the world, from emphasizing religious neutrality to
touting the healing powers of the Christian God.
Bush's orders altered the longstanding practice that groups preach religion
in one space and run government programs in another. The administration said
religious organizations can conduct services in the same space as they hand
out government aid, so long as the services don't take place while the aid
is being delivered. But the rule allows groups to schedule prayers
immediately before or after dispensing taxpayer-funded aid.
Bush's orders also reversed longstanding rules forbidding the use of
government funds to pay for employees who are required to take an oath to
one religion. In addition, the president's orders allowed faith-based groups
to keep religious symbols in places where they distribute taxpayer-funded aid.
And in implementing the president's orders, the administration rejected
efforts to require groups to inform beneficiaries that they don't have to
attend religious services to get the help they need. Instead of a
requirement, groups are merely encouraged to make clear to recipients that
they don't have to participate in religious activities.
Bush made some of the changes by executive order only after failing to get
Congress to approve them; the bill faltered in the Senate, where moderate
Republicans joined Democrats in raising concerns about breaking down the
barrier between government and religion.
"I got a little frustrated in Washington because I couldn't get the bill
passed," Bush told a meeting of faith-based groups in March 2004. "Congress
wouldn't act, so I signed an executive order -- that means I did it on my own."
The legality of Bush's moves is being challenged by a group advocating
separation of church and state. The lawsuit, claiming both that Bush
overstepped his powers and that the orders violate the Constitution, is
inching its way through the federal courts.
Faith-based groups have long delivered humanitarian assistance in distant
and dangerous places, marshaling an impressive array of volunteers. But
Bush's initiative has put government dollars into faith-based providers in
unprecedented fashion. A Globe survey of more than 52,000 awards of
contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements from the US Agency for
International Development -- which distributes taxpayer-funded assistance
overseas -- provides the first comprehensive assessment of the impact of
Bush's policies on foreign aid.
The survey of prime contractors and grantees, based on records obtained
through the Freedom of Information Act, shows a sharp increase in money
going to faith-based groups between fiscal 2001, the last budget of the
Clinton administration, and fiscal 2005, the last year for which complete
figures were available. Faith-based groups accounted for 10.5 percent of
USAID dollars to nongovernmental aid organizations in fiscal 2001, and 19.9
percent in 2005.