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I’ve lived in a lot of places (like Boston) where the power of the church causes corruption,

but I have never seen a more blatant scam than the recent vote by our City Council to

donate 1.1 Million dollars to the church for the “repair” of  Marist College.

The council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to allocate federal Community Development Block Grant funds to repair the historic building’s damaged support structure and veneer. The city’s hope is that a developer will eventually come forward and transform the one-time parochial school, built in 1915, into an economically viable property.

It is even personally upsetting in that I have been a long time supporter of Regina Romero, who pushed this effort,
and the only voice of sanity I find on the council is a Repub, Steve Kozachik

Councilman Steve Kozachik said he voted against the measure because the block-grant money would be better spent on housing rehabilitation, neighborhood enhancements and other issues where the city has a waiting list of residents who could benefit. “But instead we are going to give a gift to the Catholic Church,” he said.
It isn’t as if the Church doesn’t have the money to repair it’s own property – they’ve already spent almost that amount in out-of-state donations to campaigns to fight gay rights and contraception.

I’m calling the ACLU – the city will have another lawsuit on it’s hands if I can do anything about it.

(Cross posted to Aging Hippie Dispatch)

Originally posted to tiponeill on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 05:02 AM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets , Baja Arizona Kossacks, and BlueAZ.

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