USAID, Christ and Liberty

William Fisher, who has worked on economic programs in developing nations for the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), wonders at the message being sent by one of President Bush’s latest appointments, dean of academic affairs at the home-schooling fundamentalist college of choice, Patrick Henry College (motto: “For Christ and Liberty”), Paul Bonicelli, for the office of deputy director of USAID, and in specific, programs intended largely for Middle Eastern countries. Bonicelli, along with members of Concerned Women for America and Vatican advisors, have previously been tapped by Bush to represent the U.S. — and promote biblical values — at international aid events.

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