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Fri Sep 2 2005
FEMA Directs Hurricane Relief Donations To Pat Robertson
FEMA And The Religious Right
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the lead federal agency in the rescue & recovery operation at work in New Orleans and the Mississippi gulf coast. FEMA has released to the media and on its Web site a list of suggested charities to help the storm’s hundreds of thousands of victims. The Red Cross is first on the list. The Rev. Pat Robertson’s "Operation Blessing" is next on the list. Robertson founded "Operation Blessing" in 1978. Robertson’s shell organizations have already collected more than $25 million from the federal government under various "faith based" federal-handout programs. And with millions of distraught citizens looking to FEMA for help in finding reputable organizations to help Katrina survivors, Robertson stands to profit magnificently from the horror that has fallen on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Robertson's extreme fundamentalist views were recently brought to light when he called for the assasination of the democratically elected president of Venezuela. Besides the American Red Cross, the only other secular group listed on FEMA's Web site is Chicago-based America's Second Harvest, which is one of the nation's biggest hunger-relief organizations. Read More | "Operation Blessing" Diverts Half of Donations To Christian Broadcasting Network
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