As if there weren’t already enough, Maia Szalavitz picks up some more:
Jim Ramstad was the sole sponsor of an earmark providing $235,000 to Minnesota Teen Challenge, a branch of a national anti-addiction group which believes that recruiting people into the Assemblies of God ministry will cure their addiction.
And get this…
Further, according to Teen Challenge, “Addiction is a sin, not a disease.” Consequently, the program does not allow the use of medication.
Maybe he asked for the earmark without knowing anything about Teen challenge?
But his ties to Teen Challenge seem close. Here’s a photo of him at a benefit for Minnesota Teen Challenge, with Tom Petters, the campaign contributor now charged with bilking investors out of billions.
The SSDP Facebook petition to President-elect Obama is now over 22,000 signatures.