Wednesday, September 28, 2011
THE PAY TO PRAY SCAM
This post is written by Angela Michael who is co director of small victories, and congressional candidate in her Illinois district. The Michael's have been active in the pro life movement for over two decades, and have over 4,000 lives saved as a direct result of their relentless efforts in front of the killing fields in Granite City, Illinois.
Many people may dispute the idea of any criticism levied at groups who represent the pro life issue, but as recent events have demonstrated, there are even official church representatives asking prominent pro life leaders to be more accountable with their funding. If there really are issues with the way money is used, it will ultimately be more of a distraction in the real goal of the pro life movement which is: To end all legalized killing of children from conception to birth.
THE PAY TO PRAY SCAM
1 Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires……
Written by: Angela Michael
September 26th, 2011
After taking part in the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils for almost three years, we finally realize that it is ridiculous to make people pay $197.00 to be a part of the 40 Days for Life Campaign. Understand, we have been holding prayer vigils, and through the ultrasound van helping moms and saving babies for almost 20 years on a daily basis, just like a lot of other faithful pro-lifers across the United States. So, why would we pay money to pray outside of an abortion clinic?
Now don’t get me wrong. We went into this with the best intentions over three years ago with our first campaign. It’s always good to get a multitude of prayer warriors outside facilities where children are scheduled to die. However, charging money to do what our ministry has been doing for two decades for FREE sounds more like a scam. For, the only thing you get is access to the 40 Days main website and modules. That’s all. No shirts, no banners, no signs. We had to pay extra for all our materials, so another organization made money too.
The real reason for the “praying fee” appears to be, sadly, that David Bereit, the National Director for 40 Days for Life, needs to make a $94,000.00 salary, and that Shawn Carney, campaign director, can collect $20,000.00 at last report.
When I questioned Mr. Carney about this he said, “40 Days for Life spends $800.00 on each participant in the 40 Days for Life Campaign.” If you multiply 1,500 participants by $800.00 that's $1.2 million. In 2009, they only reported taking in $400,000.00. Something smells fishy.
Question: has the pro-life movement become a bottomless money pit? A modest salary would be okay, but $94,000.00 is ridiculous. If you need to charge people to cover your expenses, that's fine, but to make an outrageous salary like that is ludicrous.
That’s why if all abortion came to an end today, there would be pro-lifers jumping off their buildings as they would be losing their salaries, their social status, their titles, etc. Unfortunately, raising money has become the pro-life movement’s main objective; they have lost their focus. Instead of prevention, they are there to perpetuate it.
Another instance is taking claim to closing abortions mills, which is a great thing, but let’s give credit where credit is due. God does indeed answer prayers, but there are other things that factor into the closing of a lot of child killing facilities, not just 40 Days. For instance, a lot of these abortion centers are losing federal funding and the struggling economy is also playing a part. Also, it’s not as easy to find abortionists anymore . Let’s face it, It’s the red light district of medicine and that’s a stretch. Most real, reputable physicians don’t want to be associated with abortion or it’s industry. So, it’s making it harder to find skilled baby killers. Anytime we see another abortion clinic close it’s doors, it’s good; but to charge money to do what all Christians should be doing, for those without a voice... well, that’s just plain wrong.
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people eager for money have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s.