Life at № 42
Amusing reading: C-fam 2013 Tax Return
This is how to make homophobia and opposition to women’s rights into a lucrative business: Austin Ruse, who started and heads this anti-gay group, pockets over 10% of its entire budget as his salary alone. That’s apart from the expenses he claims (travel, food etc.) For “other employee benefits”, the cost is a whopping $110,000 per year. In essence this man who’s nothing more than a media/internet troll gets paid over $145,000 per year to be an internet troll.
Interestingly, if you reverse search C-Fam’s Washington address you come up with the name of two other Crazy Christian™ Groups. The James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the Faith & Reason Institute. Apparently 1730 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Suite 212. Washington D.C. is a foundation mill created by Catholic crazies (connected to TheCatholicThing.org.)- that is, of course, discounting Monsignor Anthony Frontiero who resigned:
Imagine that, Ruse was too extreme for the Catholic church. And just for kicks, here’s a bit of C-Fam/Ruse history, courtesy of Scott Long:
“C-FAM has a relatively small budget – $1.2 million in 2012, according to its tax filings – but outsized influence. It is the not-exactly-legitimate offspring of an anti-abortion group called Human Life International (HLI), founded in 1981. HLI’s creator, Father Paul Marx, a DC-based Catholic priest, exploited two networks to build his brainchild: Reagan-era US conservatives, and the Vatican. The former provided funding, the latter global connections. HLI grew quickly, establishing outposts across Latin America, Africa, and Europe. An odor of disreputability hung about it, though, partly from its ties to violence-inciting anti-abortion fanatics such as Randall Terry. Several times in the 1990s, Jewish leaders in the US and Canada condemnedPaul Marx for a trail of anti-Semitic statements. Marx had tried to win favor with the French, for instance, by claiming:
A famous genetics professor in Paris told me that the leaders of the abortion movement in France were Jewish. I saw one, a Jewish female liar, do her thing on behalf of abortion at the World Population Conference in Bucharest.
HLI proved too controversial for the UN, which denied it consultative status in 1993. In response, its leaders set up C-FAM in 1997, as a more respectable and NGO-like front for its lobbying at the world institution. Minutes from C-FAM’s first internal meeting, obtained by the progressive group Catholics for Choice, say:
Not public knowledge that HLI is funding office. Use discretion. Initially state that we are supported by multitudes of individuals/organizations. Don’t hide the fact that HLI is funder — just don’t volunteer that fact to uncertain/non-friendly persons.
Austin Ruse, an unknown who had worked on the financial end of various magazines from Fortune to Rolling Stone, rose to be its head – perhaps because he had no spoor of embarrassing political comments behind him.
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