How Obama’s Economics Will De-Fund Churches

Nonie Darwish is the author of The Devil We Don’t Know; The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East and President of FormerMuslimsUnited.org.


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The worst governments are those that hide and deny their true intentions, like my life in Muslim countries, where the leaders secretly guard their true intentions with their lives, while always publicly denying who they really are.

As a young journalist for the Egyptian government’s only news agency, the Middle East News Agency, I was paid a whopping 16.95 Egyptian pounds a month, equivalent to about $30 a month at the time. Because I lived in my family’s home and had other sources of income, my government salary was used for transportation to and from work, for a few trips to the hairdresser, and that was about it.

With this government’s current policy of pitting the poor against the rich, we are going down a path where eventually wealth will be taken out of the private sector and placed in the hands of politicians. We will all work for the government, and to mask national unemployment, salaries will be divided and subdivided among its employees. Yes there will be free and mediocre health care, but also terrible shortages in housing, along with high unemployment.

In Egypt, when its economy brought the government to its knees, at least it had the United Stares to come to its rescue with a few billion dollars a year, which the American taxpayers have been giving to Egypt to encourage it to keep the peace accords with Israel. As the Arab-Israeli conflict is rescuing Egypt from starvation, it has become the game that can never be resolved. The same economic trap holds true for the West Bank and Gaza: Why should they solve their problem? Then who would finance them?

The administration’s advocates are trying to change our culture so that we will wake up one morning and find ourselves dealing only with government employees for every need. As you cannot ever fire them, there will be government-run medical clinics, like our government-run schools; and government-run banks and car companies and stores, and services with no service, and no one smiling or saying hello or please or thank you — and there will be no competition to provide encouragement to do better. There will be no more survey cards asking “How did you find the service?” Government monopolies could not care less how satisfied you are.

With socialism, not only will our incomes decrease and our unemployment increase, but our ability to contribute to causes and religious institutions will suddenly be impossible on small government salaries.

A socialist government will no longer allow, or will drastically reduce, tax-deductions on donations to religious institutions and other charities. Just look at Europe and see how little the public donates to any cause, and how churches have virtually become extinct. Because of the administration’s disastrous economic policies and attacks on the so-called rich, there is little left for Americans, even today, to donate to churches and other charities, leaving many pastors unable to make ends meet and struggling to survive. Four more years of Obama and we will see many churches, those symbols of American freedom – and other charities — shut their doors. With socialism churches will either post a for sale sign or be bought by the government to directly run it. Pastors in that case will be government employees.

Who will rescue America?

When churches can no longer operate, and with many churches posting “for sale” signs, the Saudi Arabian government will be ready with its petro-dollars to “rescue” us. Its jihad, or holy war, has been subsidized by a poorer America. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries no longer need the sword; they will happily purchase churches, convert them to mosques and save their terrorists from the hard work of a war. All that Saudi Arabia needs is naïve and misguided American policies.

When President Barack Obama visited Turkey, he said, “America is not a Christian nation,” and, “The US is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” Perhaps this is the drastic change that Obama had in mind when he ran for office and when he bowed to the Saudi King. To play an economic game to destroy America’s private enterprise and create a rich political class that controls everything — and defund or attack churches: 93,000 Coptic Christians have left Egypt just since March, and last Friday, according to the Assyrian National News Agency, a church, a supermarket, an electrical supply depot and four Christian homes were torched as Muslims prevented the fire brigade from entering the village and security forces just “stood there watching” — not even our worst enemy could have devised such a plan.

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  • http://www.nightmist.us/study/NL/UNITEDSTATES/ Axe

    "but apparently our current administration is taking the naïve American public on a ride from which it might never recover"

    I wish I could get ugly with you about that "naïve" you keep using, but I can't in good conscious.

  • Dispozadaburka

    They have placed a "tax" on Churches in Germany.

  • Dispozadaburka

    The US still has a strong middle class and it is what makes this country strong.

    The main stream media makes it sound as though our country is made up of

    "the 1% rich" and the 99% poor.

    Maybe it is the image that they wish to portray in order to impose the
    "change"
    that Obama wishes to implement.

  • StephenD

    You gotta give props to Oabama! He is certainly sticking to his agenda and soldiering on. He obviously disavows American Exceptionalism and has said as much. He wants America to be no more than a European style Nation-State. When we are all equally poor his mandate will be fulfilled. When we are dependent upon the government for our next meal and pair of shoes, we are much more pliable and susceptible to accepting a dictator. The only question then becomes how cruel of an existence will it be.

  • http://www.pearlsofhonor.com Hardball

    Thank you Nonie…. A voice… crying in the wilderness.

  • Conister

    Would that Nonie Darwish could print this article on the front page of every newspaper in the World! And on the Internet! Her eye-opening facts astound me.

  • Tanstaafl

    What will stop this nonsense?

    "You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time. But you cannot fool all of the people all of the time."

    Abraham Lincoln

  • ronyvo

    How come that I don't see any mention about the riligion of this Devil in the WH? He is Muslim, no doubt. His agenda is the islamic agenda. Islamise America and the world will follow.
    One of his extremly dangerous acts is in the so called health plan. In it Muslims among few of small other groups are exempt from paying in the health plan, BUT THEY ARE COVERED. Islam prohibts gambeling. They say paying insurance premiums is gambeling. THAT LEAVES THE DOOR OPEN FOR THOSE CHRISTIAN AND JEWS AMERICANS WHO ARE NOT RELIGIOUS TO CONVERT TO iSLAM TO AVOID PAYING THE PREMIUMS. How about that for sneaky way to destroy our country?!