US Government Spies on Quakers, Rewards ‘Friends’

Hidden behind the recent revelations about the President using the National Security Agency to spy on American citizens, NBC discovered that the Pentagon is spying on Quakers, long known as a peace-loving church:

The Truth Project meeting, held at the Quaker Meetinghouse, was one of nearly four dozen antiwar meetings or protests listed on the 400-page document generated by an obscure Pentagon agency that analyzes intelligence reports on suspicious domestic activity, according to the report aired Tuesday on NBC's Nightly News.

The database classified the Lake Worth meeting as one of more than 1,500 “suspicious incidents” across the country over a recent 10-month period.

On the other hand, churches and religious organizations known to be partisan ‘hacks’ — hacks who tirelessly work to elect conservative Republicans — have received funding from the President’s so-called Faith-Based Funding Initiative.

This should be enough evidence to put to rest the idea that any government can justly support any religious organization. The stench of favoritism could eventually result in a fealty of faith to ‘that which belongs to Caesar’ and a severe dampening of religious self-determination.