A California Reader Notes A Link Between Habitat For Humanity And Morris Dees
June 25, 2009, 05:00 AM
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From: Wanda Gomez-Berger (e-mail her)

Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Habitat For Humanity: Americans Must Come First

Guzzardi wrote about Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller.

Reading Fuller's name brought to mind his reminiscences about his colleague of the mail order days of his moneymaking youth, Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center said:

"Morris and I ... shared the overriding purpose of making a pile of money. We were not particular about how we did it; we just wanted to be independently rich."

The question Guzzardi raises about the morality of building homes for illegal aliens and immigrants when so many Americans are hurting extends to the same one about scholarships, affirmative action, etc.

Personally, I cringe when I read my utility bill (bilingual) inviting applications for discounts for the low income. I hesitate about volunteering for school groups composed of likely illegal alien children. There is a conflict between seeing all people as equally needy and deserving versus recognizing the harm implicit in such helpfulness.

I am reminded of Adam Smith: "Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent."

Gomez-Berger, who lives in California, is a long-standing advocate of population stabilization and describes herself as "a thorn in the side of those who misapply hagiography to illegal aliens." Her previous letter about Michelle Malkin is here.