Letter to the editor 2, June 8, 2017

Samaritan's Purse

Dear Editor,

In recent days Hudson and area has been occupied by the supporters and workers from an organization called Samaritan's Purse. They are here looking for donations in the name of relief efforts. What they don't tell potential donators, or perhaps don't know, is the uncomfortable reputation of their leader.

His name is Franklin Graham. Who is he?

Let's get to know him by his words. His accuses Islam of being "a very evil and wicked religion," and says "true Islam cannot be practiced in this country." Also, Islam "…is a religion of hatred. It's a religion of war."

Not content with demonizing a huge segment of the world's population and a growing number of North Americans, he was a leader in spreading misinformation about Barack Obama and his "hidden" commitment to Islam; insinuating that a Muslim should not be president.

He praised Vladimir Putin for his violent and vicious crackdown on homosexuals. And as if that wasn't enough, he attributed the surprising Trump American election win to divine intervention. And yes he is a supporter of the Donald.

This is a partial list of his hateful political endeavours. The work of Samaritan's Purse, of which he is the president, has been heavily criticized in the past for tying relief help to the aggressive evangelical conditions set by workers.

One may find none of this offensive but what can't be ignored is Graham's repeated attempts to siphon off cash from the group's coffers. To be fair, at various points he has donated his salary of more than a half million dollars plus pension benefits, back but only after coming under scrutiny for making outrageous amounts of money from Samaritan's, which is only a "part time" job for him.

He also pockets money from his ministry as well and draws an annual salary from these other schemes totalling well in excess of a million dollars.

Ask yourself do we need an American political activist lining his pocket while pushing his Trumpian world view into our country under the guise of "relief efforts?"

Stewart Dowbiggin


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