The Liberal Political Group FAST likes to tell parishioners that the group is not political. This deception was clearly exposed this week as FAST continued to push its political agenda using strong arm political power tactics. The latest chapter is the attempt by FAST to push a “local hiring preference” ordinance in St. Petersburg that would basically amount to the group supporting breaking the 7th commandment: “Thou Shall not Steal”. That can be added to another common sin of FAST: Bearing False witness. The sins of FAST have been discussed here at Sun Beam Times on many occasions, but this particular deception is important to expose since the group uses the “apolitical” lie to recruit members and continued to grow its power base.
The pictures of the large FAST crowds at a City council meeting standing as a FAST leader addresses city council demonstrates their political mission. The group is pushing politicians to pass a “local hiring preference” law: a political act. The group has a well organized political machine modeled after Saul Alinsky’s community organizing groups such as those spawned by Industrial Areas Foundation, PICO, Gamaliel and DART (Fast’s parent). FAST is run by an elite group of leaders that are not elected and have an agenda handed to them from above by other elite groups affiliated with a more remote group called “the Organizer’s Forum” including Acorn leader Wade Rathke, SEIU leader Andy Stern and Tides Foundation’s Drummond Pike (a George Soros affiliate). The modus operandi of all these groups is political power to coerce a liberal agenda in governments. FAST likes to cloak itself in religion, but the failure to speak the truth about the political nature of the group is immoral. Pushing for laws that amount to theft (e.g. the local hiring ordinance) is likewise immoral (the local hiring preference is exceptionally unjust and is the true opposite of the so called “Social Justice” sought by FAST).
The myth that Fast is “not political” is defended vociferously by its advocates. For instance, in a June 2012 bulletin from holy Family Catholic Church, a flier was included that insisted that “Fast is not a political organization” (excerpts pictured above). Any conversation with Bishop Lynch of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg and Father Tapp, one of the Executive Committee members, will include denials that the group is political. They will usually erect a straw man argument to deny that the group is either “Democrat” or “Republican” and assert that people of all political persuasions participate. This is a diversionary tactic and misses the point about what a political organization is. In this case, it is quite clear that FAST has one and only one mission, as they state: “To hold systems accountable”. They do this by working in local governments to push their political agenda with the implied threat of thousands of parishioners being united to vote as a block on command. That is part of the reason that 3000 people are pulled together in the annual “Nehemiah Action Assembly” to applaud on command. The leaders of FAST want to demonstrate to elected officials that they can produce votes on command. (That is a sad form of a “social injustice” since it disrespects the individual dignity of man and their right to make their own decisions based on their free will, not based on the demands of a political machine).Why would an organization like FAST claim to be “apolitical”? In the Catholic Church at least it is necessary to create the illusion that the pastors, who are leading the effort in firm control, are not participating in political leadership. That is a violation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which states that the Pastors should not lead on political matters, but only lay Catholics should (paragraph 2224). It is also important since the church’s tax exempt status requires that they not participate in political activity or report the percentage of their activity that is political. In the case of FAST, one needs to consider more than the 2% of the church budget mandated to pay FAST staff for each member congregation. One must consider the cost of printing endless fliers in bulletins and dedication of staff at the church to help organize FAST activities. That is in addition to the countless volunteer hours from parishioners to engage in FAST activities. In addition, parishioners are being deceived to believe that they are helping to promote social justice and are likely to shy away from supporting a group that is political. Also, by claiming the group is not political, they hope to avoid critique from those in the church with a different political philosophy than that of FAST’s – at least until it is too late to stop the group from forming.
Parishioners need to rethink the role of FAST in their church. If you are in a FAST congregation, demand that the Pastor hold a parish wide meeting with an open question and answer session about the group. Discuss the plusses and minuses. The Sun Beam Times can help you find a person to attend such a meeting to help ask the hard questions your Pastor will attempt to avoid to even discuss. The fact that the Pastor does not even want an open discussion about FAST should tell you all you need to know about his decision to involve your parish and the group itself. Most Pastors know that if FAST were held up to an honest process of scrutiny and discernment, it would be rejected by the Parish outright. They fear they will be exposed for providing what Jesus called the “Leaven of the Pharisees” – which is hypocrisy. The church leaders have misled their flock such that “those with eyes could not see and those with ears could not hear”. Those that turn to God and follow his wish that men use their free will and respect their own individual dignity will see the truth.