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May 9, 2008 3:17 pm


ISN'T CHARITY A PILLAR OF ISLAM?



Yes, charity is supposed to be one of the five pillars of Islam. Only oil rich Muslim countries would rather hord their profits in mysterious Sovereign Wealth funds and forgo donating to the World Food Program. Never mind that their own greed is partially responsible for the starving of the world poorest.

They expect to get away with it the way they got away with breaking the oil embargo against South Africa and they are probably right. Rev. Wright did not rail against them then and it is unlikely he will care enough about starving Africans to rail against them now. The truth is that no one expects anything from these desert moguls:

WFP internal documents show that the major oil producing nations of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) gives almost nothing to the food organization, even as skyrocketing oil prices and swollen oil revenues contribute to the very crisis that the U.N. claims could soon add 100 million more people to the world’s starving masses. . . .

Donor listings on WFP’s website show that this year, as in every year since 1999, the U.S. is far and away the biggest aid provider to WFP. Since 2001, U.S. donations to the food agency have averaged more than $1.16 billion annually — or more than five times as much as the next biggest donor, the European Commission.




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