Monday, February 09, 2009

Faith based Obama

Obama continues another program of George Bush. The "Faith Based Initiative". David Waters has the money quotes in the Washington Post:

"Candidate Obama didn't care for President Bush's 2002 executive order that allowed faith-based groups to discriminate in hiring and still get federal grants to run social programs. "If you get a federal grant, you can't use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can't discriminate against them -- or against the people you hire -- on the basis of their religion," Obama said in Ohio last July.
So it was somewhat surprising last week when President Obama failed to rescind Bush's order when he announced the rules for his own White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships."

So much for change we can believe in as Obama fails to turn off the government money faucet flowing to religious organizations.

"The goal of the new faith-based initiative, Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, "will not be to favor one religious group over another -- or even religious groups over secular groups. It will simply be to work on behalf of those organizations that want to work on behalf of our communities, and to do so without blurring the line our Founders wisely drew between church and state."

Waters does a smack down of this argument.

But this line is blurry. How much blurrier (and more contentious) will it get when millions in federal funds start to flow"

Waters is quite right, The lines are already blurry thanks to George Bush and Obama is not doing anything to change that. The only question I have is will Obama follow through on his talk about transparency in Government when it comes to the Taxpayer dollars these "Faith Based" organizations receive? Will we taxpayers be able to see which get the money, how much and what they spend it on. Right now I have little faith we will.

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