Why Is Jerry Falwell’s Evangelical University Getting Filthy Rich off Your Tax Money?

How about eliminating tax payer give-aways to all religious or faith base institutions as part of the new austerity shared sacrifice that is being touted by the “serious men”.  Get tough on government hand-outs to churches and religion.

After all shouldn’t god provide for their needs?  That is if there really is a magic invisible sky daddy…

At the same time what ever happened to the Free Marketand making it on your own?  Shouldn’t they be able to market their University if it is worth going to?

Further does this school have to conform to all civil rights, non-discrimination and equal rights provisions?  If not then why not?

From Alternet: http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/151442/why_is_jerry_falwell%27s_evangelical_university_getting_filthy_rich_off_your_tax_money/

How taxpayers are funding the world’s biggest Christian evangelical university.

By Bill Berkowitz
June 29, 2011

One might think that a private, decidedly conservative, and totally evangelical Christian University, that was founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, who was openly critical of government programs, would spurn federal dollars.

Au contraire mon ami.

“I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won’t have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!” – The Rev. Jerry Falwell, America Can Be Saved

This year, the 40th anniversary of Liberty University, Rev. Falwell’s dream — now being looked after by his son Jerry Jr. — has become a reality thanks in large part to America’s taxpayers.

Founded by Falwell in 1971, Liberty University, which according to its website is “the largest and fastest growing Christian Evangelical university in the world” and “the largest private university in Virginia,” is “celebrating 40 Years of Training Champions for Christ.”

Liberty U. receives massive government aid

During the last fiscal year alone, Liberty received about $445 million in federal financial aid money, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Over the past few years, Liberty University has raked in so much taxpayer money from the federal government that is now ranked among the top ten universities in the United States receiving federal dollars. It is also Virginia’s top recipient of federal money.

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Ani Difranco- Equal Rights Amendment- Live @ The Fillmore SF

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India’s ‘shocking’ child sex-change epidemic

This is some sick fucking shit.  Anything Money and others did with intersex kids sort of pales in comparison considering motivation and all.

This give a whole new layer of woman hating to the misogyny common in non-western cultures.

Serious Questions have been raised Regarding the Veracity of This Post.

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From The Week: http://theweek.com/article/index/216854/indias-shocking-child-sex-change-epidemic

Parents in the world’s largest democracy are reportedly paying surgeons $3,200 to turn their young daughters into young sons. What’s behind this “social madness”?

posted on June 30, 2011, at 3:42 PM
Indian families typically prefer sons to daughters, partly because sons don’t require parents to cough up dowries of up to $100,000.

Best Opinion:  Babble, Intl. Business Times, Jezebel

India is known for preferring sons over daughters, most famously (and troublingly) through the demographics-distorting practice of gender-based selective abortion. Now, hundreds of daughters age 1 to 5 are reportedly being “converted” into boys through a sex-change procedure known as genitoplasty, which involves fashioning a penis out of female sex organs, then pumping the child full of male hormones. This “shocking, unprecedented trend, catering to the fetish for a son,” is drawing parents from all over the nation to the central Indian city of Indore, the Hindustan Times reports. Ranjana Kumari, a top campaigner against aborting girls, blames “social madness” and greed. “People don’t want to share their property or invest in girls’ education or pay dowries,” she says. “It’s the greedy middle classes running after money.” But there’s no excuse for forcing your child to have a sex change… right?

Right. This is beyond awful: India obviously takes its gender preference seriously: It has 7 million more boys than girls under age 6, says Meredith Carroll at Babble. But really, “it’s beyond reprehensible to subject babies to something this serious because of financial reasons or social status.” And whether a parent aborts the girl or turns her into a mental and physical wreck of a boy, it’s “beyond warped” that any willing parent wouldn’t just love their child, “whichever flavor comes their way.”
“Extreme gender preference: Indian baby girls…”

OK, but the money factor isn’t insignificant: As awful as these “corrupt doctors” are for re-gendering the girls, it’s arguably better than the “not uncommon” blight of female infanticide, says the International Business Times. And when you compare the $3,200 it costs to turn your daughter into a son (of sorts) to the dowries of up to $100,000 that parents have to cough up for their daughter’s wedding, “it is not surprising to see girls’ parents” opt for the sex-change.
“Indian daughters transform into sons to avoid dowry”

There must be a better explanation: The “claim that this is all the fault of the ‘greedy middle classes running after money’ sounds dubious,” says Margaret Hartmann at Jezebel. And there’s a grey area for intersex children born with male and female sex organs. But if this “shocking” report is true, and parents really are forcing healthy girls to become sterile boys, that’s “an extreme and very disturbing sign of what happens when women are undervalued.”
“In India, parents push surgical attempts to turn girls into boys”

Can Money Talk for Women as it Did for Gay Americans?

From New Deal 2.0: http://www.newdeal20.org/2011/06/30/can-money-talk-for-women-as-it-did-for-gay-americans-49943/

by Lynn Parramore
Thursday, 06/30/2011

The legislative victory for same-sex marriage was inspiration. But where’s the support for women’s fundamental rights?

Alva Vanderbilt Belmont once quipped, “Pray to God. She will help you.” Belmont was a suffragette who used her social standing to push for women’s rights in the early 1900s. She also had something else to use: money. And she wasn’t afraid to throw it around to influence politics, donating big bucks to the suffrage movement and founding the Political Equality League to drum up votes for suffrage-supporting New York State politicos.

If she were around today, Belmont would have found it pretty exciting to watch Governor Cuomo’s fancy footwork on same sex marriage unfold as he mastered the dance of the quid pro quo. The giant photo in the New York Times showing gazillionaires huddled around Cuomo’s desk said it all: The passage of the trailblazing law legalizing same sex marriage in New York was the result of Big Money talking to legislators and saying, “do this and ye shall be rewarded.”

So how do we make it pay today to be on the right side of women’s issues? Part of it is finding common ground. Some of the NY Republican donors had relatives who were gay, which, they said, put a human face on the struggle for equality. Wealthy Republican men also undoubtedly have sisters who have needed abortions, daughters who have faced discrimination, and wives who have required flex time at work when they have children. And, of course, some wealthy Republicans and influential pols are women themselves. In the current world of politics, however, money seems to speak louder than any other language. If we see such inspiring strides for gay Americans while women are under legislative siege, it’s because money in support of women’s rights is not being heard.

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Bachmann’s husband on homosexuality: ‘Barbarians need to be educated’ out of their ‘sinful nature’

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/06/29/bachmanns-husband-on-homosexuality-barbarians-need-to-be-educated-out-of-their-sinful-nature/

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Marcus Bachmann, the husband of GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), said in a radio interview unearthed by ThinkProgress that “barbarians need to be educated” when asked how parents should deal with their homosexual children.

“They need to be disciplined,” he said last year on Point of View Radio Talk Show. “Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature.”

“And let’s face it: what is our culture, what is our public education system doing today?” he continued. “They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps.

That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase.”

Marcus runs a Christian-based counseling center in Minnesota.

Complete Article at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/06/29/bachmanns-husband-on-homosexuality-barbarians-need-to-be-educated-out-of-their-sinful-nature/By Eric W. Dolan

From The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/29/michele-bachmann-medicaid-funds_n_887107.html

Michele Bachmann Defends Medicaid Funds To Husband Marcus Bachmann’s Clinic

AP/The Huffington Post Posted:

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is deflecting questions about federally subsidized health dollars that have flowed to her husband’s mental health clinic.

As the tea party hero tours the nation attacking the size of federal government, the Minnesota congresswoman has come under heightened scrutiny over public dollars flowing to family business interests. That includes $137,000 that Bachmann and Associates has received for treating patients in Medicaid-backed programs.

NBC’s Michael Isikoff reports:

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Three Strikes against Apple

From Otherwords: http://www.otherwords.org/articles/three_strikes_against_apple

There’s too much blood on its phones, laptops, and tablets.

 By Peter Certo
June 27, 2011

In college, I considered my Apple laptop a faithful, effective, and occasionally even fun machine. A year past graduation, this constant companion to late nights spent studying, working, or wasting time has aged into a decrepit device. Like the old Windows hourglass, its colorful pinwheel cursor consistently heralds interminable delays.

Similarly, my prehistoric mobile phone frequently freezes, drops calls, or prematurely runs out of battery power. Even in those treasured moments when it operates at capacity, it lacks the touch screen, email, and Internet capabilities today’s savvy consumers supposedly demand. By all indications, I’m ripe for an upgrade to a new MacBook, iPhone, or iPad.

Here’s why I’m taking a pass.

Apple, like most other electronics companies, makes liberal use of an ore called columbite-tantalite — widely known as coltan — whose electrical retention properties improve the battery lives of electronic devices. While Australia is the world’s largest coltan producer, suppliers for Apple and its competitors often prefer to buy their coltan at lower cost from mining operations in war-ravaged eastern Congo.

The money from these transactions rarely reaches the miners themselves. Rather, it’s funneled to Rwandan- and Ugandan-backed rebel groups inside the Congo who control the mines and use the revenues to fund their operations in the world’s deadliest conflict since World War II. Promises by the Congolese government to shutter such mines and by Apple to scrutinize its supply chains have rung ineffectual and hollow.

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FBI: Anti-gay group (Westboro Baptists sic.) participated in training

From Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/fbi-anti-gay-group-participated-training-223129521.html

By PETE YOST – Associated Press | AP –
Wed, Jun 29, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI said Wednesday that members of an anti-gay fundamentalist group participated in the bureau’s training of police officers and FBI agents — a move the bureau says it will take steps to remedy in the future.

The bureau extended the invitations to Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., for training this spring at two bureau facilities in Virginia: Quantico and Manassas.

Westboro has stirred widespread outrage with raucous demonstrations at the funerals of U.S. military service members. The group contends God is punishing the military for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality.

National Public Radio first reported the FBI’s involvement with Westboro.

At FBI headquarters in Washington, bureau spokesman Paul Bresson acknowledged that Westboro was invited to the training sessions.

An FBI official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said that in retrospect, the bureau underestimated how the involvement of the outside organization would be perceived.

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