[Hpn] Compassionate Fascism: R Lederman's history of "Faith Based
Mon, 5 Feb 2001 18:34:38 -0800 (PST)
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ARMIES OF COMPASSION: G. W. BUSH'S COMPASSIONATE FASCISM
by Robert Lederman <ARTISTpres@aol.com>
"As President, I will lead the federal government to take bold
steps to rally America's armies of compassion." GW Bush
January 30, 2001 from his introduction to the agenda for his
faith-based initiative, "Rally the Armies of Compassion."
On the surface it sounds like a good idea. Let faith-based
religious organizations compete with government programs for
funds to service the homeless, the hungry, drug addicts,
welfare recipients, children and prisoners.
The notion of a Federally-funded "army" making war on social
evils is not new. We've had the war against drugs and the war
against poverty, programs which have consumed trillions of
dollars in a failed attempt to eradicate poverty and drug use.
Their main success? The creation of a huge Federal
Making religious groups compete with government agencies
for Federal funds also sounds good - until you really think
about it. Since many of these groups use non-salaried
volunteers or psychologically-coerced recruits as employees,
they will have no trouble delivering services less expensively
than a government program which provides relatively qualified
employees with a salary and health benefits.
As President of an artists' rights group which rejects funding
and government interference of any kind I've observed the
creativity and freedom of millions of American artists
compromised through a similar system of competition for
Art and religion have much in common. You can make art
without First Amendment freedom - Nazi Germany, the USSR
and Communist China had vast art programs involving millions
of exceptional artists. You can also have religion without
religious freedom. All history will remember about such
religious or artistic efforts is how spiritually dead they were.
Millions of contemporary American artists now divide their
time between applying for government grants and making art.
Their ideas are conditioned by the grant requirements.
Rather than helping America's artists, the NEA created a vast
beauracracy of art lawyers, program administrators, curators
and museum directors who serve as the gateway to government
money. These administrators are the high priests of the art
world. American museums, art galleries, television stations and
theatrical companies must modify and self-censor their works
every day thanks to this dependency on Federal funds.
It's ironic to see the conservatives who led the fight against the
NEA leading the fight to enslave religious institutions in this
same money trap. Art and religion are the conscience of
humankind, the voice which stands up to tyranny at great risk
when all others have been silenced and compromised.
America is a religious nation with thousands of sects and
denominations that are substantially free of government control
or regulation. Do we want our religious institutions to modify
their messages as American artists have been forced to do? Do
we want official religion the way we now have official art?
It's worth noting how official art came about in the US. Most
Americans have a dismissive attitude towards so-called modern
art imagining that its abstract imagery is due to artistic
preferences. In fact, it has far more to do with the CIA and
America's ruling elite - in particular the Rockefeller family. 
In the nineteen thirties and forties American artists were
heavily involved in protests against poverty, racism and
corporate control. They used figurative art, murals and realism
not only to express their feeling about these social problems
but to rally the public to do something about them.
Then the State Department, the CIA and the Rockefellers
stepped in and began promoting abstract art, beginning with
the Rockefellers' Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Ever
wonder why America's wealthiest families spend billions on
giant paintings and sculptures that represent nothing and why
the government erects huge museums to display these
non-wonders? In the fifties and sixties the government created
public school programs to brainwash American children about
art. Millions of these children then grew up to become artists
specializing in abstraction and non-figurative art.
The CIA and these same ruling families are also behind
President Bush's Army of Compassion which hopes to make
religious organizations as dependent on government funding as
arts institutions now are. Announced as a compassionate effort
to promote charitable activity, the real intent is exactly the
opposite - to control, compromise and co-opt it.
The men Bush has put in charge of his faith-based initiative,
John J. Dilulio Jr. and Stephen Goldsmith, are senior fellows of
the CIA's Manhattan Institute, a right wing think tank
co-funded by the Rockefellers' Chase Manhattan Bank,
pharmaceutical companies and right wing foundations with ties
to the military-industrial complex. Goldsmith is President
Bushs' chief domestic policy advisor. 
The Manhattan Institute was founded by Reagan's CIA
director, William Casey. Like much that is connected to Bush
whose family spent a decade financing Hitler, the Manhattan
Institute has a Nazi connection. Casey spent the years
following WWII bringing top Nazis to the US. Chase Bank
helped Hitler liquidate the gold reserves of conquered
European nations, voluntarily turned over Jewish bank
accounts to the Nazis and continued to do business with Hitler
after the US entered WWII. The Rockefeller family were
half-owners of IG Farben, the chemical cartel that built and
operated Auschwitz and forty other slave labor/death camps in
Nazi Germany. President Bush claims that next to the bible the
single most influential books contributing to his policy ideas
were written at the Manhattan Institute.
America's religious institutions share a common belief in God
but that's as far as their commonality goes. Of the hundreds of
Christian denominations in America many consider each other
impostors, charlatans or worse, agents of the anti-Christ.
Some Christian denominations -and the President himself -
consider Jews to be people who cannot enter heaven. White
supremacist churches which idolize Hitler teach that Blacks,
Jews and gays must be expelled from the US or exterminated.
The Nation of Islam, Scientology, Jews for Jesus, Alamo
Ministries and a thousand other non-traditional groups will be
competing for and entitled to these same Federal funds and will
inevitably, and rightly, sue if they are denied them in favor of
more traditional groups. Rather than being outsiders in this
faith-based plan, some of these non-traditional groups (a
number of which are known to have a direct CIA connection)
are central to it.
After acquiring a taste for government funding will legitimate
religious leaders who come to depend on it for their
rapidly-expanding social programs dare to criticize the
government and risk losing that money? On the other hand can
we seriously expect religious groups to be impartially doling
out food, education, housing, drug treatment, psychological
help and job counseling to their clients without proselytizing?
It won't be just the Federal government that gets its' hands on
religion through this initiative. Corporations will obtain huge
new tax write-offs as a result of donating goods and services.
In this way, Religious groups can also be made dependent on
corporations which will demand and get the same kind of
visibility they now have on public television.
Remember when public television was commercial free? You
can see almost as many ads there now as on the commercial
networks and a similarly compromised content.
Will a Monsanto logo hang next to the crucifix in the new
federally-funded drug programs, and welfare centers? Will
corporations obtain low-paid employees through these
programs, thereby further diminishing the role of unions? Will
drug companies recruit their experimental subjects from the
inner city recipients of their faith-based charity or use food
programs they sponsor inside a church in order to test
Soon we will see hundreds of ads about how Dow, Monsanto
or Exxon helped homeless folks in the inner city by financing a
faith-based program. Now they will be able to deduct as much
15% of the corporation's entire taxable income by being
involved in these programs. 
We are told any misuse of funds by these faith-based groups
will be prevented by requiring accountability. Anyone who has
ever applied for a government grant knows how coercive and
controlling this accountability will be.
Do religious institutions want government peeking into every
aspect of their activities? If civil rights laws are to be upheld
how will churches and other religious groups who oppose
homosexuality, abortion, contraceptives or like US Attorney
General John Ashcrofts' church - dancing - manage to keep
their beliefs intact while qualifying for funding?
Religious groups which go along with the program will grow
dramatically as a result of being able to offer social services.
Those which stubbornly hold onto their beliefs will diminish.
Bushs' faith-based initiative may be the single most sinister
effort ever undertaken in the US concerning religion. History
shows that when religion and government work together the
result is always bad for religion and for the people of a nation.
In Nazi Germany religious leaders were intimately involved in
creating public acceptance for Hitler's agenda. Like Reverend
Martin Niemoeller, who became an outspoken opponent of
Nazism after initially supporting it, Germany's religious leaders
discovered too late that Hitler's religious initiatives were
something very different from what was promised.
America was founded by people who sought religious freedom
and economic opportunity. Now Bush wants to turn religion
itself into an economic opportunity.
This entire program is unnecessary. American individuals and
corporations are already free to donate as much as they like to
religious groups which can use the money to feed the hungry
and house the homeless while freely promoting whatever
ideology they choose.
While non-religious groups have taken the lead in opposing
Bushs'' Army of Compassion, it is religious leaders and their
congregations who have the most to lose. Today they can
practice any religious belief that doesn't violate basic criminal
law. For God's sake, let's hope they wake up in time to keep it
 CIA art connection
00.html From Encyclopedia Britannica .com
"During the height of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence
Agency did a remarkable thing: It bankrolled the American
avant-garde...The championing of American abstract
expressionism represented one of the most dramatic
campaigns, exemplified in the paintings of Jackson Pollock."
(b) "Moma has even been outed as a front for the CIA in the
50s, when its international touring shows of American art were
supposedly little more than Cold War propaganda exercises."
UK Guardianunlimited 8/29/2000
(c) The Nation June 12, 2000 When the CIA Was the NEA
 Manhattan Institute/Chase Bank Bush, CIA and Nazis
(a) NY Times January 29, 2001 New Bush Office Seeks Closer
Ties to Church Groups
(b) NY Times Monday, May 12, 1997 Manhattan Institute Has
Nudged New York Rightward
"...the institute was founded as a free-market education and
research organization by William Casey, who then went off to
head the Central Intelligence Agency in the Reagan
(c) NY Times June 12, 2000 Bush Culls Campaign Theme
>From Conservative Thinkers
"Gov. George W. Bush has said his political views have been
shaped by the work of Myron Magnet of the Manhattan
(d) for many articles on this subject see
(e) Daily News 12/7/98 Chase Banked On Nazis - Report
"The New York-based bank controlled by the Rockefeller
family closed Jewish accounts even before the Germans
ordered them to do so and did business with the Nazis while
they were sending Jews to the gas chambers, Newsweek
magazine reports in this week's edition. And while the U.S.
was at war with the Nazis, Chase also apparently helped
German banks do business with their overseas branches, the
magazine reported...The relationship between Chase and the
Nazis apparently was so cozy that Carlos Niedermann, the
Chase branch chief in Paris, wrote his supervisor in Manhattan
that the bank enjoyed "very special esteem" with top German
officials and "a rapid expansion of deposits." Niedermann's
letter was written in May 1942 -- five months after the
Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the U.S. also went to war
with Germany...And subsidiaries of Ford and General Motors
have been accused of forcing thousands of Jews, Poles and
others to work as slave laborers."
(f) "The Bush family fortune came from the Third
Reich,"-Sarasota Herald-Tribune 11/11/2000 -Former US
Justice Dept. Nazi War Crimes prosecutor John Loftus-who is
today the director of the Florida Holocaust Museum.
 Details of Bush faith-based plan
"Corporations would be permitted to deduct charitable
donations until their value exceeds 15 percent of the
company's taxable income, instead of the 10 percent limit
under current law."
Robert Lederman, President of A.R.T.I.S.T.
(Artists' Response To Illegal State Tactics)
ARTISTpres@aol.com (718) 743-3722
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