But enough political debate — this is about free money, not ideas. KAIROS has a massive staff of around 20. That’s a helluva full-time political campaign squad. Without recession-weary taxpayers paying for all those “ecological justice” coordinators, a lot of sociology majors are going to have to find real jobs, and Greenpeace and the Canadian Arab Federation can only absorb so many of them.
KAIROS wanted $1.8 million a year from the government — that’s basically a fully-staffed political war room, dedicated to their radical point of view. If KAIROS really is, as its website boasts, the political voice of the Anglicans, Catholics, Mennonites, United Church, etc., that money should be a snap to replace — not much more than a dime per member of its constituent churches, really. Because KAIROS really is speaking for its members, isn’t it? (…)
It’s pretty grotesque when a so-called Christian organization is so busy beating up on Alberta, Israel and Colombia that it only has 3.7% of its money left over for Jesus-y things like helping the poor. But then again, according to KAIROS’s honcho, Bill Phipps, Jesus wasn’t God anyways.