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ACORN Getting Church Funds

September 28, 2009

Institute on Religion and Democracy — The highly controversial and scandal plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has received multiple grants from Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) agencies, according to The Presbyterian Layman. Both houses of the U.S. Congress recently voted to defund ACORN amid allegations of voter fraud and openness to under-age prostitution.

Among those ACORN projects receiving Presbyterian money were:
-$7,500 from the Presbyterian Hunger Program for “general support”
-$10,000 to the ACORN New Orleans office for “community organizing”
-$35,000 from the PCUSA Self Development of People fund “to address the issue of security”

The General Assembly Mission Council of the PCUSA has often allied itself with ACORN, joining lobbying efforts against the Federal Housing Reform Act, opposing funding for the No Child Left Behind program and lobbying President Bill Clinton for a variety of social issues.

The PCUSA grants are one example of direct financial support for the beleaguered organization. In 2004, the National Council of Churches (NCC) coordinated with ACORN to increase voter turnout and “education,” with a special emphasis on demographic groups in the population that tend to vote overwhelmingly Democratic.

IRD President Mark Tooley commented:

“As ACORN implodes amid scandal, it will be interesting to learn whether other church agencies funded the activist group.

“Many Presbyterians would be aghast to know that some of their collection plate money was underwriting ACORN.

“As Presbyterians cut overseas missionaries from their rolls, how scandalous they still had funds for ACORN.”

The Institute on Religion and Democracy, founded in 1981, is an ecumenical alliance of U.S. Christians working to reform their churches’ social witness, in accord with biblical and historic Christian teachings, thereby contributing to the renewal of democratic society at home and abroad.

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Ally September 28, 2009

Another religious scandal. How sad.

John September 28, 2009

Often groups/people start out with good intent and get sidelined along the way. May we each as Christ’s followers be careful we don’t do that in our personal lives.

JupiterSuite September 28, 2009

Going Nuts – Two Dozen ACORNs

ACORN: Alien Children Offered Regularly Nationwide
ACORN: Authorities Caught One Registering “Napoleon”
ACORN: Assembly of the Complacent: Organized, Registered & Non-productive!
ACORN: Association of Crooks O’Keefe Revealed in a Nanosecond
ACORN: “Audacity” and “Change” that Obama Represents Nationally
ACORN: Assorted Crazies, Oddballs, Reprobates, and Nincompoops
ACORN: Association of Criminals Obama Represented in the Nineties
ACORN: A Crooked, Offensive, Repulsive Nut
ACORN: Agitators, Cheats, Offenders, and Repugnant Nonentities
ACORN: Advising Criminals, Organizing Radical Nutjobs
ACORN: Assisting Call-girls, Obama, Reid & Nancy
ACORN: Advancing Collectivism, Obamamania, Reparations Now!
ACORN: After Clinton, Obama Retards a Nation
ACORN: Alike Carter, Obama is Regretful and Negative
ACORN: America, Could Obama Resign Now??
ACORN: Against Conservatives, Order, Republicans, and the Nation
ACORN: American Cash Outflows to Rathke’s “Nonprofits”
ACORN: Apparently “Community Organizing” Really is Nefarious
ACORN: Andrew Clearly Outplayed the Resentful NYT
ACORN: Always Cheating, Often Ruining Neighborhoods
ACORN: Addled Crack-heads and Obnoxious Race-baiting Neurotics
ACORN: Appalling Cesspool; Obscene Revolting Nightmare
ACORN: A Clan of Odious, Ridiculed Nitwits
ACORN: Another Corrupt Obama Run Network

Others? Please suggest!

virgilk September 29, 2009

From little ACORN’S big Socialists grow.

Digital Product Reviews September 29, 2009

Strange that the PCUSA hasn’t renounced ACORN and cut their ties.

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