View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Whores got rights

Nov. 11 ( - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave $1 million to an Indian organization that acts as a "labor union" for prostitutes, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) reports.

The foundation set up by the billionaire head of the Microsoft Corporation made the $1 million donation to the Durbar Mahila Samanway Committee (DMSC) in 2002, according to federal agency documents obtained by C-FAM in its weekly Friday Fax <>. The documents also reveal that members of the Gates-funded organization attacked law enforcement officials in India who sought to rescue minors from brothels. ...

(full article: )

Wow. Amazing the things Microsoft money gets into. But then, the computer industry is already in bed with Indian business concerns - as anyone who calls a computer help line often discovers.


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