Tuesday, April 7, 2009
People familiar with this Blog know there are two things I usually won’t do:
However, when it comes to this weekend’s blogswarm in support of the separation of church and state, how can I not participate in such a timely and important effort?
The motivation behind my in this weekend’s Blog Against Theocracy stems from President Barack Obama’s disappointing decision to continue former President George W. Bush’s Faith-Based Initiatives.
When Obama created his so-called Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the president neglected to take steps to adequately prevent harmful discrimination on the basis of religion by government grantees. Although President Obama had originally proposed a new interpretation on the Faith-Based Initiative, one that will not continue the Constitutional and civil rights pitfalls of the Bush Administration, the executive order he signed leaves the entire architecture of the Bush Faith-Based Initiative intact – every rule, every regulation, and every executive order. Thanks to an aggressive anti-civil rights push from the Department of Justice near the end of the Bush Administration, nearly every social service tax dollar distributed by the government can be used for discriminatory hiring. In a time of unparalleled social need, Obama’s maintenance of the status quo is even more unacceptable than ever.
So please join the many worthy and worthwhile bloggers this weekend and read and comment on this critically important issue.