Thursday, February 10, 2005

It's not like they're making this up 

You know, I still have a lot of respect for former NBAer Hakeem Olajuwon. I'll even give him the benefit of the doubt when he says he was unaware of where his charitable donations wound up. Here's a guy who, both as a basketball player and a humanitarian, has displayed the utmost integrity while in the public eye. Still, the whole world knows that some of these Muslim-based charities, unfortunately, are fronts. As outlandish as television shows like 24 make this out to be, it is still very much an issue and very real. It's sad that it happens, but it happens. I feel sorry for Hakeem. Seems like he was deceived. What's worse is, now, suppose he wants to send relief down to Africa. How can he be sure his charity will be used for good?

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