Saturday, September 08, 2007

If it's your JOB to support the troops...

You should be supporting the troops. Not making a fucking proselytizing video for your phoney Christian fundamentalist downtown crusade.
Two organisations, Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), demanded an investigation Tuesday of Daniel Cooper, President George W. Bush's undersecretary for benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their complaint stems from an appearance Cooper made in a fundraising video for the evangelical group Christian Embassy, which carries out missionary work among the Washington elite as part of the Campus Crusade for Christ. In the video, Cooper says of his Bible study, "it's not really about carving out time, it really is a matter of saying what is important. And since that's more important than doing the job -- the job's going to be there, whether I'm there or not."
Well, hell! He just gave me one fucking wonderful idea. Go be a fucking minister and practice your superstitious bullshit where it isn't going to affect people who need real help. Take your fucking sky-god with you.
Since Cooper was appointed the head of the Veterans Benefits Administration, the number of veterans waiting on their disability claims has increased dramatically, from 325,000 in 2002 to 600,000 today. On average, a U.S. war veteran must wait six months for an answer to their application. If a vet decides to appeal a denial, the process often drags on as long as three years. In addition, Veterans Administration hospitals, clinics and counseling centres report that more than 52,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But under Cooper's leadership, only 19,000 of those veterans were approved for service-connected disability compensation for PTSD, a significant discrepancy.
The US government is actually using taxpayers' money to support this useless sonofabitch.
"He's prostituting his position," argued Mikey Weinstein, the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. "We could have done just as poorly as he's done by sticking a German Shepard (sic) or a cactus in that job."
Weinstein is wrong. They would have done better with a dog or a cactus in the job. The closest thing a dog has to superstition or religion (same thing) is worship of the human who feeds it. And a cactus isn't a waste of good air.
Long time observers of the religious right say the controversy surrounding Daniel Cooper is part of a pattern. "Evangelicals have been working through the military and government agencies since the Cold War as part of the fight against 'Godless Communism', but they tried to follow certain boundaries" said Chip Berlet, a senior analyst of Political Research Associates in Boston. "With the Bush administration we've seen many egregious examples of officials stepping way out of line of any kind of boundary, of which this promotional video is a particularly notable example."
That is putting it mildly. This is a link to the Christian Embassy in Washington, DC. The effort of that organization is nothing short of turning the United States government into a phoney Christian-dominated, fundamentalist-compliant, edict issuing printing unit. They are trying to create a Christian theocracy. And Bush has been happy to let them proceed unchecked. Just ignore the rules and use your tax-exempt organization and your taxpayer funded position to pave the way for the end-times.

And what goes along with all these phoney Christians?

Unbelievably incompetent government.

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