During a November 2008 USAID conference session ("USAID Partnership 101"), Terri Hasdorff, USAID director of community and faith-based initiatives, said in the very first part of her address, "First and foremost, the government can fund compassion, but cannot fund conversion. No witnessing or actually proselytizing." Later at the event, Heather MacLean, USAID senior advisor for faith-based initiatives, reiterated, "Any religious activities, which can take place, but they must take place in a separate time or place from U.S. government funded activities and they must be voluntary on part of the beneficiary. The beneficiary shouldn’t feel any pressure to participate."
One of the ways that Samaritan's Purse is able to skirt attention for hard core evangelizing with federal funds is by splitting duties. Samaritan's Purse is the aid arm. It applies for USAID loans and providing tents and medical equipment and the like. Meanwhile, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association maintains a "Rapid Response Team" of chaplains that go into Samaritan's Purse aid stations and set upon converting the weak and needy. In this arrangement, Samaritan's Purse can technically say it manages no organized proselytizing agency.
"Not an Activity Sanctioned by the U.S. Government" USAID is completely aware of Samaritan's Purse's misuse of funds. A 2009 report by the Inspector General identified Samaritan's Purse as having received $3,249,557 in USAID funding in 2006 and 2007 despite "deficiencies in partner notification of the requirements of title 22 Code of Federal Regulations, part 205." The IG report provided recommendations on how USAID should control future grants, recommendations it seems to have ignored. Why would USAID fund Samaritan's Purse in Haiti if it had already been identified as an organization with a proven unconstitutional use of funds?
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This is only a few paragraphs taken from the article. Please take the time to read the entire article, because it contains many important facts and observations that shed some light on the deep corruption in USAID and the many ways US tax dollars are illegally used to proselytize and exploit.
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