World Relief: If we can’t hire just Christians we will stop taking government money

Wow!  I’m impressed.

The debate is raging and activists at the ACLU and among some Christian churches are disappointed that Obama did not follow through on a campaign promise to disallow a Bush Administration policy that permits “religious” groups taking taxpayer money to discriminate in hiring practices.

I’m hopeful this whole debate will further educate the taxpaying public to the fact that we are funding churches, and sometimes preventing a complete financial collapse of some churches in America, with our taxes.

I’ve been a critic of the reporting at the Tennessean on any issue relating to refugees, but I have to give this reporter, Bob Smietana, credit for the clearest article I’ve seen on the brewing storm over federal funding of non-profits.  See my post about the controversy in Chicago, here, a couple of days ago.

From the Tennessean:

Today, that has changed. New employees at World Relief* have to prove they are Christians. They sign a statement of Christian faith and must get a letter of recommendation from their minister before being hired. At most workplaces, that would be illegal.

But religious nonprofits, even those that get government grants, get special exemptions. They can hire and fire employees based on their religion or sexual orientation — something other employers can’t do.

Civil rights groups like the ALCU, and some religious groups like the United Methodist Church, want to see those exemptions outlawed. They want religious nonprofits to play by the same rules as other businesses or stop getting federal funding.

But charities like World Relief say that would violate the First Amendment by giving government too much say in how religious nonprofits operate.

When you take government money, you play by the government’s rules!  By the way, this is why some colleges, only Hillsdale comes to mind, and truly Christian schools eschew any taxpayer money.  And, frankly it is this government money that is the hook the Obama Administration wants to have in every group, school and business in the US.

The exemptions for religious charities began with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. That law allows such organizations to hire only members of their own faith when their programs are funded by private donations.

Under President George W. Bush, those exemptions were extended to religious groups that receive government grants.

That’s unfair, says Ron Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society.

All citizens — from Muslims to Methodists — pay taxes, he said. So everyone should be eligible to work at charities funded by the government.

Winkler’s group is part of the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination, which seeks to overturn the Bush-era rules

Our position is that if a charity receives government funds, they should play by the same rules as everyone else,” Winkler said.

Can World Relief survive without government funding?  I’m pretty sure the figure for how much funding World Relief gets from you  is much higher than the Tennessean reporter has been given. 

Nationwide, World Relief receives about two-thirds of its $50 million budget from state and federal governments. In Nashville, those funds pay for the refugee resettlement program.

 We won’t change our mission for money! 

Jan Kary, a senior vice president at World Relief’s national office, said hiring rules ensure that the charity remains true to its Christian mission. The policy on hiring only Christians has been in place since the 1940s but was never put in writing or enforced until this year.


If the exemptions are eliminated, Kary said, the charity would stop taking government money.

“We are not going to change our mission for money,” she said.

I repeat, Wow!

Read the whole Tennessean article, there is much more.

*World Relief is an Evangelical Christian organization and one of nine (or ten?) federal refugee resettlement contractors.  We have reported on several occasions about World Relief’s hiring practices as well as its religious profiling of volunteers.  Use our search function to find those earlier reports by simply typing in ‘World Relief.’

Columbus, OH: Somali man fears for the youth

Visit my previous post this a.m. to learn more about the Somali “youths” in the UK and how they keep busy.

Fearing that Somali former refugee youths are going astray in the US, a Somali man in Columbus, OH thinks the kids, not just in the US but in Africa, need something to keep them busy (and you, the taxpayer should pay for it).  We can call it the ‘skate board park’ equivalent—a reference to the appeal made throughout middle America to ‘keep the kids out of trouble’ and off the street by publically funding skate board parks. 

How about if we first try strict law enforcement and strict parents—-not more taxpayer funding!

From the Columbus Dispatch:

His background is in business, but Abdulkadir Ali thinks his future lies with stopping young Somalis in Columbus and overseas from getting into trouble or being lured into terrorism.

That’s why the chairman of the Somali-American Chamber of Commerce in Columbus is resigning today so he can focus on a venture called New Hope Job Training and Development.

It’s a simple concept, even if the logistics and finances are not.

Ali wants to create summer job training and educational programs here. And he has traveled to Africa to talk with the U.S. State Department and aid agencies about building recreation centers and creating technical schools, sports centers and youth programs in war-ravaged Somalia.


He is seeking $3 million from the U.S. government to get things started in Columbus; Bossaso, Somalia; and Nairobi, Kenya. [Americans are such suckers! What!  We are going to give him $3 million and let him head off to Africa with it?]


 Like any American teens, young Somalis here are influenced by friends, television, music and popular culture.

Abdulkadir Aden, the Somali chamber’s treasurer and Ali’s successor, said most Somali youths “have become lost between the Somali culture and the American culture.”

Somali leaders fear that if the community doesn’t create positive alternatives, young people could be lured into gangs here and into Islamic extremist organizations such as al-Shabab overseas with promises of brotherhood and paradise.

Predictably there is not a word in this article about the Islamic imperative to wage Jihad being preached in mosques throughout the US.   It’s all about the poor culturally confused kids.

Somali gangs wrecking havoc in the UK

While the Saudis deport their fellow Muslim Somalis, here, the UK has opened its door to them and I predict it will be to their never-ending sorrow.

From The Sun:

A SHOCK new survey this week showed how Britons feel let down by Labour’s immigration record.

According to our YouGov poll, nearly two-thirds of people questioned felt the Government was handling immigration badly (see graphics below).

In 2008, net immigration was 163,000, compared to 48,000 in 1997 when Labour came to power.

An undercover reporter interviewed gang members.

IN crisp spring sunshine, on a bustling north London street and in full view of young mums pushing prams, we are brazenly handed four rocks of class-A drugs by two Somali gangsters.

They banter and joke with our undercover reporter who is posing as a druggie looking for a fix. They are relaxed and cocky in what they consider to be their territory.

In the shadow of the British Library – a magnet for tourists – Somali gangs are plying their trade, selling what they call “Eurodrugs” to the students and holidaymakers who flood off the Eurostar link with the continent at King’s Cross.

The UK may have as many as a quarter of a million Somali immigrants.

Somali gangs are major players in the trade of illegal drugs in Britain’s big cities and have become ruthless money-making outfits, kicking out established gangs by being prepared to resort to the most extreme violence.

They represent another side of immigration – an influx importing the hard mentality of the war zone they left behind and using it to take advantage of our liberal Western society.

To them, Britain’s streets are a soft, ripe-for-the-plucking goldmine of illegal cash.

Official figures show 101,000 Somalis here but the true number is believed to be more like 250,000. Many of them are here illegally.


“Gangs here aren’t tough, we’re tough. We run things now, no one can f*** with us.”

As well as the trade in drugs, Somali gangs have carved themselves a niche as hit men, carrying out executions for cash.

I’ll leave you to read the rest.

Meanwhile the excellent blog, Loganswarning, has posted a story about how the UK goverment has through its policies spread Islam throughout the British Isles and it’s not the so-called “moderate” version they thought they were promoting.

No Muslim charity in Saudi Arabia (again)

Some time ago, the UN had published a report about how Islam was the model for charity toward the refugee.  I said it wasn’t true and cited many examples, here, where Muslim nations were throwing out refugees or otherwise treating them badly —even those who shared the Muslim faith.

Here then is one more example of a Muslim country, Saudi Arabia, trying to keep its country pure for Muslim Arabs only.  Come to think of it they won’t even take their Arab brothers—the Palestinians—so it stands to reason that they would deport African Muslims.

Nairobi, Kenya (AHN) – Saudi Arabia has deported more than 120 Somali migrants to the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The migrants arrived at the Aden Ade International Airport Wednesday morning.

The refugees were jailed several months ago by Saudi Arabian security.

Real nice, huh, they dropped them right back into Mogadishu.