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June 11, 2005

Questions raised about Christian charity

by Feòrag

Scotland: Teachers have discovered that a "Christian" charity which collects Christmas gifts from Scottish pupils to send to children in the developing world, is not concerned with promoting tolerance and diversity. Samaritan's Purse is connected to the American evangelical movement, is endorsed by preacher Franklin Graham, and is reported to be anti-Islam.

According to members of the South Lanarkshire branch of the EIS [a teachers' union], Samaritan's Purse took 30,000 Bibles into Iraq alongside US soldiers at the barrel of a gun...

Kenny Elder, from the South Lanarkshire branch of the EIS, told delegates: It has a very right-wing, racist view of religion. It should be investigated by the union because it has a growing presence in our schools.

The activities of American evangelists have been causing problems for Iraq's long-established Christian community.

Christian charity accused of bigotry - The Herald, 10th June 2005; see also Iraqi Christians to American evangelists: Piss off - Pagan Prattle, 28th May 2005.

Posted in Hypocrisy at 11:35. Last modified on September 28 2006 at 23:43.
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1: Posted by: Bartholomew | June 13, 2005 2:00 AM

This was in the news back in 2002. Franklin Graham is the chief executive.

2: Posted by: Feòrag | June 13, 2005 12:14 PM

Thanks, Bartholemhew -- that's a really useful link.

3: Posted by: Red Wolf | June 14, 2005 1:52 AM

Thanks to Bartholemew's link, I have to wonder, if the spectre of a loony fundie front was raised to long ago, why the silly bastards are still running about fleecing people with lies.

I don't know why I'm surprised. It took ten years for Animal Liberation in Victoria to shut down a barbaric local puppy mill, mostly because the owner was a vet who knew the right people to shmooze up to. In the end, they got the job done by publicly embarrassing one of the chief shmoozees.

Perhaps publicly naming those who Franklin has bribed to stay afloat would work the same way.

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