Remember Shepherd’s Garden, the Christian-themed park in Sioux City, Iowa? It was set to receive a $140,000 grant from the taxpayer-funded “Vision Iowa” program before VI withdrew the funding after pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Well, here’s Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver a couple of weeks ago, before the money was withdrawn:
“I think the local people certainly ought to fight to preserve this,” he tells OneNewsNow. “This is something that Freedom From Religion Foundation wants to use to intimidate them into silence and make them back down from the funding that they’ve already been granted in this case. But I believe the funding is being used for a neutral purpose, and that is certainly permissible.”
And here’s Staver today:
“I’m not a big advocate of Christian organizations receiving government funding because of the fact that strings can be attached to that government funding,” he explains. “And obviously it’s much better if the Christian organizations can receive their funds from private entities.”
So he’s all for government funding of religious groups… unless they don’t get the money, in which case, it’s totally fine because no one wanted their money anyway.
Amazing how that works, isn’t it?