Jumping ship

I’ve been a contributor to Kiva for over four years. It’s an organization that gives global microloans to needy people.

I began a team of lenders in 2008 as “captain” and a couple of years later enlisted another member to be “co-captain.” Our team now numbers 14.

ShipMy loans to date total 27 while the average Kiva member does 9.2. Our team has made 316 loans totaling $8,200.

But now I am abandoning Kiva, and here’s why: Yesterday I noticed that among the list of loan categories is this: Islamic finance. There is no Baptist finance, no Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu or Jewish finance. Just Islamic. It is the sole religious group singled out for loans.

A Kiva official emailed me that it has to do with Sharia law, that they cannot work in Muslim nations without obeying Sharia law. Kiva should hightail it out of Mohammed’s world ASAP. That’s what I think.

Frequent visitors here know I am no fan of Islamist society. I oppose virtually everything it embraces: oppression of women, a Medieval mindset, despotic governments, hatred of modernity and loathing of the West.

They refer to Jews as pigs, cut Christians’ heads off, stone unfaithful wives to death, and they’re working hard to develop nuclear weapons. Plus, it was their guys who did 9/11, killing thousands of innocents.

And yet, astoundingly, they are the darlings of Western leftists, multicultural Marxists, the diversity mob, and vast, clueless swaths of our elites.

In short, Obama people.

And you can take it to the bank that this is why they’re the sole religious group singled out by Kiva. I never knew this about Kiva HQ, but now I do.

Just for kicks, take a look at this and this and this, just three of the Mohammedan gangs with their hands out for Kiva loans.

Just women in black sheets. Why bother with a photo? It’s silly.

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So I am jumping ship and will participate no more in Kiva. My new ship is called Pro Mujer (pro-woman), an organization dedicated entirely to helping women in Latin America. I encourage you to join in.

You will find no black sheets connected to Pro Mujer. Or stoning of women or cutting off of hands or heads. Nuclear weapons either.

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By the way, did you see this last week?

A young Egyptian woman was scheduled to be honored in Washington by Hillary and Michelle. She was to receive a Woman of Courage Award. She had already been included in Time magazine’s list of 100 influential people of 2012.

Then her evil soul was outed, and the award was canceled.

More details here. She’s a real sweetheart.

She likely qualifies for a Kiva loan.

12 thoughts on “Jumping ship”

  1. The Economist has run several articles on the tension between Sharia law and interest-bearing loans. Interestingly, European nations faced some of the same restrictions when banking developed in the west. The fact that Kiva swims in the same waters does not offend me. I have several Kiva loans in the Middle East. I keep hoping that the loan system will help families escape poverty — as well as the more restrictive constraints of Muslim society. But I also wonder if some of my loans may be used for less benign purposes.

    I am not jumping ship yet. But I doubt I will reinvest my proceeds when each loans repaid. Your alternative suggestion sounds interesting.

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    1. Steve: As we know, you are a more forgiving man than I. Oddly, I had noticed that category of Muslim Finances before, but it simply did not catch my attention till yesterday, and when it did I flew off the handle. And I will remain off the handle. They say you can judge a person by the company he keeps. I think that applies to organizations as well.

      As you mention, and it was something I did not know, you cannot charge interest in Mohammed’s world. Of course, no economy will thrive with that notion because nobody will loan money. It’s as much poppycock as the communist/socialist/Obama notion that government can best run an economy. The Kiva rep told me they had to jump through all manner of hoops to avoid the appearance of charging interest. They do charge interest on the Mohammedan loans, they just get inventive about it, smoke and mirrors, and thus it is the only religious group mentioned in the loan categories.

      While their loans likely assist some individuals in that miserable and dangerous part of the world, I think the bigger issue is playing along with that society. I think it should be totally ostracized by the civilized world. Let them eat sand until they come to their senses. Thus, I am cutting this tenuous link with one of Mohammed’s enablers.

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  2. Good call, amigo!
    Prevarication of differing cultural practices is a scourge in our society and only benefits those who practice the subjugation of those that must live under such dire “Laws of God” and other such drivel.

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  3. At least someone in the chain was paying the attention needed to “out” the proposed recipient. But I’ll bet only because of the uproar it would have caused if Fox News had beat them to the punch did they rescind the prize!

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    1. Carole: You are referring, of course, to that last part, the zealot woman who was about to be warmly embraced by Hillary and Michelle.

      I wish Fox had beat them to the punch. That would have been sweet.

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  4. As the cliché goes, all politics are local. I believe the same is true for charity. You don’t have to look very hard in Mexico to find people living in poverty who are in need of assistance and a helping hand.

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    1. Andres: Of course, there are people who could use more money almost everywhere. For convenience, I prefer online organizations which are, one hopes, doing it well and correctly.

      As for people living in “poverty” in Mexico, I maintain that it’s a relative concept. Sure, there are lots of Mexicans who earn far less than your average wage-earner above the Rio Bravo. However, expenses down here are far less than above the border too. At least in my part of this country, I don’t see many people who appear to be going hungry, without a roof over their heads, adequate clothing, etc. Most folks seem to be getting along quite acceptably.

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      1. Everything is relative, however I can assure you there are hungry and homeless people in Mexico. Many have succumbed to the gringo disease known as credito, which helps to impoverish them. They may give a peso or two to a beggar, but can’t afford to buy a new pair of shoes or meat for supper. They are superior survivors in a tough world.

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        1. Andres: Of course, there are hungry and homeless people in Mexico. I think it is a bigger problem in other areas of the country, more so than where you and I live. And it’s a far bigger problem in many other nations than here.

          However, the common notion above the border is that homelessness and hunger are widespread problems in Mexico, and that’s not true.

          The big-hearted Gringos use this misconception to embrace the belief that it’s acceptable for us Mexicans to ignore the law and steal into their country. We’re so needy, you know. Actually, it’s want and desire, not need, that drives us north. I recall you do not think this way, so we’ll have to agree to disagree.

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  5. Thank you for your sleuthing, we will now use those funds for more local recipients which don’t have the self destruction associated with those strange believers.
    Those photos of the women all covered up is hilarious, why bother? Just plain nuts.

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