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REF: The Miami Herald article: U.S. subsidizing witchcraft,
Helms complains, by Don Bohning on Monday,
March 15, 1999.
Jesse Helms

 

March 15, 1999.

 

Honorable Senator Jesse Helms
403 Senate Dirksen Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C.  20510-3301

http://www.senate.gov/~helms/


 Senator Jesse Helms:

As a Hougan (Vodoun Priest) from Haiti, I am very concerned by your statement which infers that Vodoun "amounts to witchcraft.” In reality, Vodoun is a Religion brought to the New World from Africa by our Ancestors.

 

Furthermore, I happen to have worked quite extensively with Profamil and the USAID program to bring forth the knowledge of AIDS and sexually transmissible diseases to the largest amount of Haitians through their Vodoun Temples.

 

To reduce that work and to believe that it consisted in some performances of "short song-prayers about STDS and the benefits of family planning during voodoo ceremonies" is quite erroneous since there have never been any "voodoo ceremonies" in the program.

 

To believe that USAID has funded programs "that endorse or legitimize what amounts to witchcraft" is quite distressing since in reality it was the first time USAID has ever acknowledged that the Haitian people had their own religion and culture. It was, in my humble opinion, quite promising in the modern times that we are living.

 

I will be happy to answer any questions that you might have concerning this very important subject and sincerely hope that you will give such a question another consideration.

 

Very respectfully yours.

 

Max G. Beauvoir


 

March 26, 1999

Honorable Senator Jesse Helms
403 Senate Dirksen Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C.  20510-3301

Senator Jesse Helms:

 I thank you for the e-mail you sent me dated March 23, 1999.

 

Since I hadn’t given you my regular mail address, I am sending you a copy of the original e-mail sent on March 15, 1999.

 

My address and telephone numbers are the same as those of the Temple I have established here in the District of Columbia.

 

More information about my activities with Profamil in Haïti can be found at my web site: http://www,vodou.org.

I am very much looking forward to hearing from you.

Respectfully,

 

Max G. Beauvoir


 

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