Obama and Faith Based Anything: I Knew It!

Color me not surprised by this little pronouncement from Mr. Theocracy.

Reaching out to evangelical voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is announcing plans that would expand President Bush's program steering federal social service dollars to religious groups and – in a move sure to cause controversy – support their ability to hire and fire based on faith.

“The challenges we face today, from putting people back to work to improving our schools, from saving our planet to combating HIV/AIDS to ending genocide, are simply too big for government to solve alone,” Obama was to say, according to a prepared text of his remarks obtained by The Associated Press. “We need all hands on deck.”

Obama proposes to elevate the program to a “moral center” of his administration, by renaming it the Office of Community and Faith-Based Partnerships, and changing training from occasional huge conferences to empowering larger religious charities to mentor smaller ones in their communities.

Some of those hands, Senator Obama, happen to be doing a damn fine job without being faith based.  How about funding us?

Faith based institutions do not serve the entire public.  They serve their faith based constituencies.  Some folks play by the rules and don't play the conversion card.  Too many don't and we cannot afford — we cannot PREVENT — them from inflicting their agenda on the vulnerable people they are entrusted to serve. 

What's worse is that faith based entities are going to suck up resources previously allocated to secular organizations — organizations already doing good work and perhaps heavily affiliated with unpopular and underserved communities.  Like ours.

This is pandering, pure and simple.  It is the #1 reason I am opposed to electing Barack Obama, but I have no choice do I?  And he seems to know it.  Damn.


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  • Sue,
    Glad about the little nephew.
    WTF is up with the kidneys? Please take care of yourself.
    I too, was disappointed in the faith based bs from yesterday. I decided to kind of look the other way and hope they place some restrictions on the money. (And I was consoling myself by a conversation that I just had about the free lunches at the Brackenridge Salv. Army, where the only requirement for food is to sign in.) But then, I found this!! Obama's letter to the Alice B. Toklas GLBT Democratic Club in San Fran. I hear what you're saying, sucking up resources, pandering, inflicted agendas. (And, how about dicriminatory hiring practices for the very people who will administer public funds?) But, finally I feel a little hope.
    best regards!

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