Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Meek Shall Be Screwed

One of the more depressing stories I read during my blog break was the news that anti-abortion activists and religious figures came out against Warren Buffett's unbelievably generous multi-billion dollar donation to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The reason? Less than one percent of Gates Foundation money goes to Planned Parenthood on an annual basis. Those funds are specifically earmarked for non-abortion services, but that doesn't matter to people whose grasp on logic is tenuous at best.

The right-wing Christian Family Research Council and the anti-abortion Population Research Institute are on record as opposing the work of the Foundation, despite the fact that the vast majority of its funds go to combat AIDS, malaria and poverty in the Third World and to help inner city schools in the U.S.

Eschewing God's law in favor of Godwin's, Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, a Roman Catholic priest who is president of Human Life International, said Buffett "will be known as the Dr. Mengele of philanthropy unless he repents." All this goes to show that while these zealots may care about the unborn, they don't give half a shit about people.

The Gates Foundation is doing what has traditionally been thought of God's work: alleviating poverty and misery among the meek, who are blessed if you forgot. Meanwhile these exceptionally shortsighted religious groups who are supposed to be doing God's work are instead happy to relegate millions of people to suffering and death in fealty to their dubious doctrine.

Euteneuer says the "merger of Gates and Buffett may spell doom for the families of the developing world." What he doesn't realize (or realizes but doesn't care) is that it's orthodox fools like him who are dooming families in the developing world right now.
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