THEIST_WATCH Msg : 65 Written : 08/09/94 06:13pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To :

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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 65 Written : 08/09/94 06:13pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Catholic Charity There isn't an Atheist who hasn't had to face the Christian question of "Where are the Atheist charities?" Well, perhaps we should be asking, "Where are the Christian charities?" For example, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) distributes food and grants, particularly in Africa. But it's not exactly a fine example of *Christian* charity. CRS received 77 percent of its $290 million budget from U.S. government agencies in 1992. That's $223,300,000. It seems that U.S. taxpayers can foot the bill -- but it's the church that gets the credit. THEIST_WATCH Msg : 96 Written : 09/09/94 06:29pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Phoning for Christ TELEPHONE COMPANY PROMOTES CHRIST Over 80,000 customers and 1200 organizations have already signed up to use LifeLine, the first long distance service "built on Biblical values and centered around the Lord Jesus Christ. And its president is proud to note that: "You would call us a fundamentalist Christian, right-wing organization -- and we like it. "We believe God wants [Lifeline] to fund His Kingdom." LifeLine is an offshoot of AmeriVision, which was founded five years ago in Oklahoma City. Its gross annual billings run about $12 million, having grown fivefold in the last year alone. Among the companies which use this long distance service are chapters of the Christian Coalition; the American Family Association (run by Donald E. Wildmon); Operation Rescue; and the Moore Foundation, a home schooling advocacy group. LifeLine gives over $1 million a year to conservative Christian groups. Advertisements sent to New Mexico members of the Christian Coaliation note that 10 percent of any income from their use of LifeLine will be given to the Christian Coalition of New Mexico. Source: American Atheist Newsletter, September 1994 THEIST_WATCH Msg : 97 Written : 09/09/94 06:31pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Researching Prayer In case you thought all was right in the medical world, here's this tidbit. According to the Sept/Oct 1994 issue of _Psychology Today_, the Office of Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health has just awarded a $30,000 grant to an M.D. who thinks that prayer is efficacious against substance abuse. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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