The Uninspired Manifesto
Monday, September 10, 2007
Bush Appointee Campaigns for Evangelicals
Two organisations, Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), demanded an investigation Tuesday of Daniel Cooper, President George W. Bush's undersecretary for benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Their complaint stems from an appearance Cooper made in a fundraising video for the evangelical group Christian Embassy, which carries out missionary work among the Washington elite as part of the Campus Crusade for Christ.
In the video, Cooper says of his Bible study, "it's not really about carving out time, it really is a matter of saying what is important. And since that's more important than doing the job -- the job's going to be there, whether I'm there or not."
Veterans for Common Sense and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation believe Cooper violated the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits government officials from advocating a particular religion while on the job.
They also believe Cooper violated ethics rules that prohibit government officials from using their name, picture, or title for proselytising or fundraising.
"We're very concerned about this because hundreds of thousands of veterans are waiting for their benefits while Cooper himself says that promoting his religion is more important than helping the veterans," Veterans for Common Sense's Paul Sullivan told IPS.
Since Cooper was appointed the head of the Veterans Benefits Administration, the number of veterans waiting on their disability claims has increased dramatically, from 325,000 in 2002 to 600,000 today.
It's so hard to believe that this asshole thinks reading a fucking book is more important than helping injured soldiers. I've always supported The MRFF and their call for discipline against the military leaders in this video, but this is the first time I really want to get involved with the process.
Visit the Military Religious Freedom Foundation website to find out how to help the organization.