Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hurting People Worldwide

Today, September 5, is the day an online Christian ministry called opened its 9/11 Christian Center @ Ground Zero. According to their flyer promoting the first service, it's in direct response to the Islamic cultural center proposed near Ground Zero.

As shown on an earlier Friendly Atheist post, there are already lots of churches and a couple of synagogues within a few blocks Ground Zero, so I'm not sure what need this new Christian Center fulfills.

Map of lower Manhattan showing 2 synagogues, 7 churches and 2 YMCAs near Ground Zero

The site is -- as we say in Minnesota -- interesting. Owned by a guy named Bill Keller, whose bio comes right out and tells you he's a convicted insider trader (from his days as a stock broker), the organization is said to be a nonprofit, educational organization with 501(c)3 status from the IRS.

Despite this status -- which means they should not be involved in electoral politics -- the site's home page features this graphic:

Homepage graphic from showing a photo of Barack Obama with the label God's Enemy

The "God's Enemy" link goes to a video made before the 2008 election, so it's been up there for a while. In it, Keller says he doesn't tell people who to vote for or not to vote for, but any reasonable person watching it could only understand the video as a clear message not to vote for Obama.

The site's About Us page concludes with this unintentionally ironic sentence:

Screen snap from the site reading, Thank you for helping me share the hope and love of Jesus Christ with hurting people worldwide!

On second thought, maybe it's not ironic at all.

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