Integration of church and state

The Government of Canada will match donations to World Vision for East Africa drought relief. Question: should Canadian foreign aid be delivered by an evangelical relief and development organization whose stated goal is:

“to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God?”

By the way, World Vision Canada had ten executives earning more than $10,000 a month in 2010, including the CEO who was paid about $20,000 monthly. The head of World Vision International receives about twice that amount. Poverty is a bitch.

Another interesting fact: the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, to which Prime Minister Stephen Harper has belonged for decades, believes Jesus Christ will return to Earth in an apocalypse, won’t ordain women, strongly opposes abortion and divorce, condemns homosexuality as the most base of sins and believes those who aren’t born-again are “lost.”

Do Stephen Harper’s evangelical roots influence taxpayer support for religious organizations such as World Vision?

In my view, a better choice for charity supporting East Africa drought relief is the secular Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres)

4 replies »

  1. Someone needs to remind Stephen Harper of a fact he's obviously forgotten in his quest for total control:

    “One cannot serve two Masters, for he will love the one, and hate the other.”

    I'd say he's made it incredibly obvious who he's serving, his evangelical roots now mean – nothing. Though they will come in handy when dealing with other “evangelicals”…the ones still wearing their blinders.


  2. World Vision needs to be PUBLICLY audited, having spoken to a few Nurses who traveled to Kenya, I heard all kinds of tales of ridiculous overspending and air conditioned convoys. I consider World Vision a FRAUD which plays upon our genuine desire to help. DONATE TO DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS or RED CROSS.


  3. We all need to think of charity as a sham and a scam that allows people of all walks of life, particularly governing bodies, to escape their fundamental responsibility to look after the needs of all citizens through participation in a common enterprise: society. My wife is very religious, so we gave money to the Mennonite Central Committee, whose record on getting resources to the needy is better than most, and to MSF. For us, there's the need for double investment through a) charitable institutions to get through current crises and, b) through community and political action to restructure to system to eliminate the need for charity. Thanks, Norm, for your cogent views and for adding constructive perspective to the discussion.


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