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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Contrived Charity

I thought compassion, sympathy and charity were Christian values. How come they come immediately natural to gay folks -- but have to be forced from "Christian" groups?

Human Rights Campaign Gives $100,000 to Tsunami Relief

A humanitarian service agency that seeks charitable contributions from the gay community announced on Wednesday it had received a gift of $100,000 from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation to support tsunami relief efforts in Southeast Asia. "Our work puts our community's highest beliefs and values into action," said Jeffrey Cotter, president of the Rainbow World Fund. "HRC's contribution reaffirms the GLBT community's commitment to service and charity and will inspire thousands of others to give what they can to support relief efforts."

"The GLBT community joins with the rest of the world in demonstrating compassion for the tsunami victims in Southeast Asia," said Bruce Bastian, a member of HRC's board of directors and lead sponsor of HRC's gift. "Americans are coming together like never before to help our friends across the globe." Steven Fisher, communications director for HRC, told Advocate.com that no general or program funds were used for the donation. "This money was donated specifically for the tsunami relief in the past week," he said.

The sponsored contribution, along with individual gifts, will go directly to tsunami relief efforts across Southeast Asia to provide food, water, shelter, medical supplies, and other critical provisions through CARE, Cotter said. "The tsunami aid drive is an important way for GLBT Americans and our friends and allies to help," added Cotter.

Link --> http://www.advocate.com/new_news.asp?ID=14740&sd=01/07/05

Religious Right Joins the Tsunami Relief Effort, 16 Days Late
I guess the homos donating $100k to tsunami relief finally forced the religious right to actually acknowledge the massive death and destruction that occured in Asia well over 2 weeks ago.

>From Focus on the Family's press release today:

On today's national "Focus on the Family" broadcast, Focus founder and chairman Dr. James Dobson announced the organization's plans to join the tsunami effort. Capitalizing on its unique ability to understand and meet the needs of families worldwide, Focus hopes to raise one million dollars for relief efforts and will provide extensive grief, counseling and family resources for survivors.

Message: We care (about bad publicity).

Link --> http://americablog.blogspot.com/archives/2005_01_01_americablog_archive.html#110546942535074463

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