"There is no such thing as a generic religion," [a Quaker] said.
The Rev. Ray Rivera, a Pentecostal who leads the Latino Pastoral Action Center in Bronx, N.Y., said it is time for "indigenous" ministries to have access to welfare monies.
"It's been mainline dominated," he said, referring to other denominations [hmmm... --ed]. "But it shouldn't stay that way."
The question is, just how much money does that welfare mother Reverend Moon stand to make?
Today the Times, whose editorial policy is devoted to comforting the most comfortable, doesn't miss the story of the Dixie Chicks's alleged stinging betrayal of America in the form of disowning Yalie President Bush as a Texan. Sure enough, reporter Jennifer Harper is on the case, writing that the women "quickly discovered their timing was off -- and that country music fans want to keep the country in their music." Besides this jibe at the Chicks' patriotism, Harper is sure to quote the suggestion, courtesy of an unnamed message board wit, that the band should rename itself "The Terrorist Chicks." This is what good journalism is all about!
For future reference, Dixie Chicks, Lone Star Republic-style individualism will not get you a good write-up in the Moonie Times. It's what God hates the most, as the owner has explicitly pointed out, explaining that people from dictorships are more obedient ("These young former communists were trained under totalitarianism. They were trained to follow once an order came from above. Whereas the free world is filled with individualism.")