Friday, June 30, 2006

Evil Philanthropists Plot Destruction of The Family and Depopulation of the Third World

You have read that multigazillionaire Warren Buffett is giving a ton of money -- more than thirty billion dollars -- to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for philanthropic work. They plan to do good things, fight hunger and poverty, that sort of thing. This sounds like it could be a tremendous force for good in the world -- it makes you wonder if American private entrerprise might be able to undo some of the damage that the American government has done to our reputation as a proud nation over the past few years.

The Gates Foundation mainly works to fight HIV-AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, and to develop rural sub-Saharan Africa. They want to reform secondary education in America and have other ideas about how to improve the state of the world -- this sounds like some cool stuff to me.

Not everybody sees it that way. From the AP:
Warren Buffett's new philanthropic alliance with fellow billionaire Bill Gates won widespread praise this week, but anti-abortion activists did not join in, instead assailing the two donors for their longtime support of Planned Parenthood and international birth-control programs.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to which Buffett has pledged the bulk of his $44-billion fortune, devotes the vast majority of its funding to combating disease and poverty in developing countries. Less than 1 percent has gone to Planned Parenthood over the years.

"The merger of Gates and Buffett may spell doom for the families of the developing world," said the Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, a Roman Catholic priest who is president of Human Life International. Pro-lifers against Buffett-Gates alliance

These religious-right guys have an obsession with Planned Parenthood that I don't get. It seems to me that Planned Parenthood offers a lot of services to women, I always thought it provided something really important, especially to women who don't have a lot of money. One thing you don't need when you're broke is a bunch of babies, and Planned Parenthood is an excellent resource for birth-control pills and other products, and counseling, and other services. You might not like the abortion thing, but it's a lot more than that.

Well, whatever, you know how these guys are, they get a tingle in their panties and they can't stop thinking about it.

But, man: Doom for the families of the developing world. That's bad, right?
Referring to Josef Mengele, the infamous Nazi death camp doctor, Euteneuer said Buffett "will be known as the Dr. Mengele of philanthropy unless he repents."

Um, you know, I don't really follow these things, but it sounds like he already is Dr. Mengele to these guys, isn't he?

Hey, and that headline -- is "pro-life" really the most objective term for these one-issue fanatics? Wouldn't "anti-abortion" be better? Why is the Associated Press spreading their sugar for them?
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued statements praising Buffett and Gates for their generosity. Gloria Feldt, a former Planned Parenthood president, said she was appalled by the harsh attacks on them.

"What an outrage that these people have the gall to cast aspersions on other citizens for standing up for what they believe," Feldt said Thursday. "They have no right whatsoever to criticize people who put their money where their mouths are."

Isn't there a kind of conservative tradition where you get some millionaires together and they come up with a plan and they do it no matter what anybody else wants, and whether it's legal or not? They call themselves "entrepeneurs" or something, and talk about lifting yourself up by your bootstraps, we don't listen to polls, the free market, blah blah blah.

Well dudes, this time the "entrepeneurs" are the good guys -- sorry.
The foundation founded by Buffett, and now named after his late wife, Susan, came under fire from some anti-abortion groups in the 1990s after it gave $2 million to fund clinical trials of mifepristone, more commonly known as the RU-486 abortion pill. The foundation also has supported various abortion-rights and family-planning groups, and Susan Buffett was eulogized after her death in 2004 as a champion of women's reproductive health.

What --? Two million dollars? Let me do some math here, mmm, hghgh, ding-ding-ding, uh, that's a little more than 0.000045 -- more than forty-five ten-thousandths of one percent -- of Buffett's money went into testing this drug. The man has gone over the edge!

But that's all Gates and Buffett do, right? Just evil stuff.
Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, wrote a commentary this week holding the Buffetts partially responsible for the approval of RU-486 in 2000.

"Since then, approximately 500,000 American babies have been killed with RU-486," Perkins wrote. "Buffett's billions have the potential to do damage like this on a global scale."

Right. Isn't the Family Research Council's plan the one where third-world babies are born and then die from AIDS in a few years as God's punishment for being promiscuous?

OK, you nuts, cover your ears and go lalalalalala while I quote another couple of paragraphs from this article:
The Gates Foundation also is a patron of reproductive-health programs, funding research on new contraceptive technologies and initiatives to improve access to birth control.

Planned Parenthood, which is the leading provider of abortions in the United States, has received $34 million from the Gates Foundation over the years — out of a total of $10.5 billion in grants worldwide, according to foundation spokeswoman Jacquelline Fuller. She said the foundation does not fund abortion services, earmarking the grants for other Planned Parenthood programs.

(Somebody tell them they can stop now.)

Hey, look how the conspiracy-theory guys do with this:
Joseph D'Agostino, a spokesman for the anti-abortion Population Research Institute, said the foundation position "is simply dishonest."

"Abortion services are the primary mission of Planned Parenthood," he said. "If you fund one side of an organization, that frees them up to transfer funds to the other things they do."

Mmm, yeah, now that they'll have all that money (like Bill and Melinda Gates didn't have enough to start with) they can show their true colors and get into the baby-killin' business Big Time. It's the opportunity these devils have been waiting for MWA-hahaha...


Oh, brother, listen to this...
Beyond the issue of abortion, some critics oppose the Buffett and Gates foundations' support for global family-planning and population control programs.

"Some of the wealthiest men in the world descend like avenging angels on the populations of the developing world," wrote Population Research Institute president Steven Mosher, a frequent critic of Gates and Buffett. "They seek to decimate their numbers, to foist upon vulnerable people abortion, sterilization and contraception."

They must be thinking of what Tom Delay and that guy from the Christian Coalition were doing in the Mariana Islands. Oh, no, they didn't mention "prostitution," I guess it wasn't Delay and Reed's project.


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