Friday, January 14, 2005

Ripe for the pickings....

Missionary group’s not so hidden agenda in helping Tsunami orphans. The Virginia-based missionary group WorldHelp has dropped its plans to place 300 Muslim "tsunami orphans" in a Christian children's home after the Indonesian government said it would not allow it.

“Once we became aware that the government had refused to let these children be placed in a Christian home, we immediately stopped all fundraising efforts for the remaining 250 Indonesian orphaned children and appeals were removed from our website. Before WorldHelp changed its Web site, it contained an appeal for funds that described the Aceh people as "strict Sunni Muslims" who "have been very instrumental in spreading Islam throughout Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia." Normally, it said, "Banda Aceh is closed to foreigners and closed to the gospel. But, because of this catastrophe, our partners there are earning the right to be heard and providing entrance for the gospel." The fundraising appeal went on to say that WorldHelp was working with Christian partners in Indonesia who want to "plant Christian principles as early as possible" in the 300 Muslim children.”

cuz, you know…. There’s no point helping heathens who won’t let us convert them.

On a somewhat related note, I do want to take the opportunity to give props to the U.S. Navy for their amazing efforts to help the tsunami survivors (all criticism that Shrub could have mobilized them earlier aside). When you see an article like this: Threat of Disease Fades; you do have to acknowledge the incredible impact they, and the navies of other countries are having. Just about every story I read regarding ongoing humanitarian efforts credits U.S. helicopters for getting aid workers, food, water and supplies into the most isolated, devestated areas; and for airlifting the injured and sick out. Hell, now even the SeaBees are being mobilized.

THIS is what a military should be used for, if anything. This I can get behind & be proud of.

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