Even Pope himself doesn't lay it on this thick:
It's painfully hard to understand why detractors demonize a man for providing affordable goods in low-income areas and why they want to jeopardize the jobs of the 7,000 people he employs with a boycott.
Okay, Burgetta, let me explain it to you, since you apparently don't have the capacity to grasp how political influence impacts the lives of citizens:
Pope's anti-government ideology has the potential to take food off people's tables, keep them from getting the health care they need, segregate children of color back to their blighted classrooms, allow bigoted students to "correct" the behavior of their LGBT classmates, force women to run through a gauntlet if they so "choose", and a whole laundry list of other 19th Century bullshit, morally moribund, patriarchal dream sequences that would have most sane individuals sweating and shivering upon awakening.
And while I do think Art deserves recognition for such philanthropy:
In addition to the Alliance Medical Ministry grant, the Pope Foundation gave $5,000 to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, $5,000 to Hope Reins of Raleigh, $10,000 to Habitat for Humanity, $10,000 to Hospice of Wake County, $5,000 to the Interfaith Food Shuttle, $25,000 to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, $5,000 to the Raleigh Rescue Mission, $5,000 to the Salvation Army, $5,000 to the Shepherd's Table, $25,000 to StepUp Ministry, $10,000 to Urban Ministries, $30,000 to the YMCA - and $5,000 to Safe Haven for Cats.
It's the selective misanthropy that bothers me. And it should bother you, too.
And while we're talking about dollars spent, $10,000 here and $25,000 there, how about a little reference to the $247,314 he spent attacking one man (Snow)? Or the $247,706 against Joe Sam Queen. Or the $117,992 against (my former Senator) Tony Foriest. Or the $110,132 against Steve Goss. Or the $118,189 against Don Davis. The list goes on.
I agree we should not "demonize" Art Pope, and we shouldn't canonize him, either. But for too many years, money has dominated our elected government here in North Carolina, while the rank and file have been (blissfully?) ignorant. Those days are over. We're not going to sit back and let a wealthy scion with a hell of a lot more money than sense drive our state down whatever twisted path he thinks is best. Maybe all we'll be able to do is talk about it. But talk about it we will.