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How Much Of Your Money Would You Like to Give to Christian Organizations? If The Number is Zero Dollars, or Even One Billion Dollars, Too Bad, It Is Gone Already Some of us remember when there was a clear prohibition of using our public funds to operate Christian schools. No "establish- ment of religion" by government meant no direct support of things like schools and employees. And no public support for organiza- tions deep into sexual abuse/pedophile issues. And the most direct, accurate observation, stil true, is from James Madison: During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy: ignorance and servility in the laity: in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution. Along comes COVID-19, and a pandering president who re- fuses to accept basic science. No masks. Big religious get togethers. Lots of singing. Lots of infections and viral spread. Lots of dead religious people, because this is a virus. It does not care about one's religious beliefs, or interest in going to bars, or interest in not fol- lowing government recommendations, just because they came from epidemiologists and other experts. The president apparently wants to use his failure to lead the country to an outcome consistent with most every other country as an opportunity to put his name on checks paid with our money, as if it is a gift from his own account. And now, we are learning more about just how many religious organizations have received our pub- lic funds. The SBA reported that at least 88,411 religious organizations received at least 7.3 billion dollars in loans through the Payment Protection Program. Catholic groups may have received more than 3.5 billion dollars. The Archdioceses of Los Angeles and New York, both involved with sexual abuse matters, received hundreds of mil- lions of our dollars. What can you do? Contact your Congressman (Don Young) and your Senators (Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski) and let them know you are paying attention to these matters. None of this public money should be "forgivable." It should not have gone to religious groups, but since it did, we want our money back, as a loan repay- JAMES MADISON. ment. Who can reasonably argue with Mr. Madison's observations? Chris- tianity, within itself (Catholicism/Protestantism) has argued that And spend 40 dollars to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation, ffrf.org, so that you can keep track of how your money the "others" have it wrong. They all have it wrong. The only alter- is being spent/misspent to support religion. The money you save may help to fund public education, where it is supposed to go. This almost eighteen centuries of pride, indolence, ignorance, servility. organization is also looking out for everyone's interests when it takes on the powerful hold religion has on many senior officials in the Trump administration. Like Bill Barr and Mike Pompeo. They spout a lot of religious nonsense, as senior officials no less, and they icans. Never too late to get started, with 140,000 dead Americans know better than to mix religion with our secular government. But from this viral pandemic. More than all of our military conflicts few people pay attention. It is costing billions of dollars now, with the SBA info noted above. And religious groups are used to having no public oversight as to how they spend money, unlike the stan- dards which apply to secular charitable and educational groups. ation to President Madison's statement would be that we are now at superstition, bigotry, and persecution. Our founding documents expected much more from Amer- back to WW II. Not a "thoughts and prayers matter," a public health and national economic crisis. Practice social distancing-between church and state. Wear a mask when appropriate. Be safe. Be nice to yourself and to others. We need to get this viral spread stopped to reopen schools, and our economy. Others did it. We can do it. But you have to listen to the government health folks if you want to be done with this. Let's keep the conversation, but not the viral spread, going. Dave Carter. Let me include several highly relevant statements from some past influential Americans. "Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private schools, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever sepa- rate." Ulysses S. Grant. "When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one" Benjamin Franklin. 349-4980 How Much Of Your Money Would You Like to Give to Christian Organizations? If The Number is Zero Dollars, or Even One Billion Dollars, Too Bad, It Is Gone Already Some of us remember when there was a clear prohibition of using our public funds to operate Christian schools. No "establish- ment of religion" by government meant no direct support of things like schools and employees. And no public support for organiza- tions deep into sexual abuse/pedophile issues. And the most direct, accurate observation, stil true, is from James Madison: During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy: ignorance and servility in the laity: in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution. Along comes COVID-19, and a pandering president who re- fuses to accept basic science. No masks. Big religious get togethers. Lots of singing. Lots of infections and viral spread. Lots of dead religious people, because this is a virus. It does not care about one's religious beliefs, or interest in going to bars, or interest in not fol- lowing government recommendations, just because they came from epidemiologists and other experts. The president apparently wants to use his failure to lead the country to an outcome consistent with most every other country as an opportunity to put his name on checks paid with our money, as if it is a gift from his own account. And now, we are learning more about just how many religious organizations have received our pub- lic funds. The SBA reported that at least 88,411 religious organizations received at least 7.3 billion dollars in loans through the Payment Protection Program. Catholic groups may have received more than 3.5 billion dollars. The Archdioceses of Los Angeles and New York, both involved with sexual abuse matters, received hundreds of mil- lions of our dollars. What can you do? Contact your Congressman (Don Young) and your Senators (Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski) and let them know you are paying attention to these matters. None of this public money should be "forgivable." It should not have gone to religious groups, but since it did, we want our money back, as a loan repay- JAMES MADISON. ment. Who can reasonably argue with Mr. Madison's observations? Chris- tianity, within itself (Catholicism/Protestantism) has argued that And spend 40 dollars to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation, ffrf.org, so that you can keep track of how your money the "others" have it wrong. They all have it wrong. The only alter- is being spent/misspent to support religion. The money you save may help to fund public education, where it is supposed to go. This almost eighteen centuries of pride, indolence, ignorance, servility. organization is also looking out for everyone's interests when it takes on the powerful hold religion has on many senior officials in the Trump administration. Like Bill Barr and Mike Pompeo. They spout a lot of religious nonsense, as senior officials no less, and they icans. Never too late to get started, with 140,000 dead Americans know better than to mix religion with our secular government. But from this viral pandemic. More than all of our military conflicts few people pay attention. It is costing billions of dollars now, with the SBA info noted above. And religious groups are used to having no public oversight as to how they spend money, unlike the stan- dards which apply to secular charitable and educational groups. ation to President Madison's statement would be that we are now at superstition, bigotry, and persecution. Our founding documents expected much more from Amer- back to WW II. Not a "thoughts and prayers matter," a public health and national economic crisis. Practice social distancing-between church and state. Wear a mask when appropriate. Be safe. Be nice to yourself and to others. We need to get this viral spread stopped to reopen schools, and our economy. Others did it. We can do it. But you have to listen to the government health folks if you want to be done with this. Let's keep the conversation, but not the viral spread, going. Dave Carter. Let me include several highly relevant statements from some past influential Americans. "Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private schools, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever sepa- rate." Ulysses S. Grant. "When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one" Benjamin Franklin. 349-4980