Obama’s Stimulus Program Poured Millions into Faith-based Groups

Friday, December 3, 2010

While many conservatives rail against the Obama administration’s massive $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and point to it as the main symbol for an era they feel is defined by out-of-control government spending, there’s a irony to their rant.

The stimulus is also the largest-scale embodiment of what was once a top conservative priority: directing tax dollars to “faith-based initiatives,” as former President George W. Bush called them.

According to an analysis by POLITICO, since becoming president in 2009, Barack Obama has poured at least $140 million of stimulus money into so-called faith-based groups, the result of an unpublicized White House decision to spend government money to support religious, nonprofit groups.

Stimulus dollars bought the Castleton United Methodist Church in Indianapolis a new heating and cooling system, in Laramie, WY, it bought the Church of St. Laurence O’Toole new windows for a Catholic school, and in Harrisburg, Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area spent its $120,000 in stimulus funding on food and shelter for the local homeless.

The Obama White House made an aggressive attempt at outreach with conference calls and online seminars instructing faith-based groups on how to apply for grants, and Federal officials sometimes stepped in when the state officials who distribute the money were reluctant to spend it on groups associated with churches and other religious establishments.

Pastor Rick Warren and Minister Jeremiah Wright must be proud.

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11 Responses to Obama’s Stimulus Program Poured Millions into Faith-based Groups

  1. Peace Nick says:

    This kind of crap really pisses me off.

    I happen to know for a fact that various HIV/AIDS non-profits around the country are closing because of the economy and they can’t get any federal help to remain open to help the people who need it. I donate monthly to two non-profits in my area they’re really hurting and on the edge.

  2. Kate Novotny says:

    You see, Obama thinks he can do anything he wants and the base will just keep supporting him. He’s extremely naive. I think the Democratic party must start the process of finding a viable primary challenger for 2012 and then push him or her to the front of the pack. I am not one who thinks if you don’t vote for Obama you’re electing Sarah Palin. This is illogical and misses the point of what elections are all about.

  3. Tiny Dancer says:

    $140 million of my tax dollars to religious groups?

    Are you fucking kidding me? Isn’t this illegal? Why hasn’t there been a legal challenge to this? Where is the ACLU’s lawyers?

  4. Jolly Roger says:

    A good old bait-and-switch on the part of the Rushpubliscums, who have got Obama convinced they’ll let him play with them if he just keeps tilting further and further right. Someone really needs to inform him that Rushpubliscum Klanservatives never allow HIS type in through the front door.

  5. Miss Courtet says:

    I guess separation of church and state is retro these days.

  6. Mike Tidmus says:

    Yes we can … line up for soup kitchens and swap recipes for cat food tacos, because the “change” we thought, and were told, we could believe in turned out to be Bush’s third term with some hack actor named Barry playing the role of George W Bush.

  7. R.J. Lawson says:

    This explains why we still have DADT. President Obusha is a religious homophobe.

  8. retahyajyajav says:

    Pastor Rick Warren and Minister Jeremiah Wright must be proud.

    Hey, the Crystal Cathedral just filed for bankruptcy. Maybe Obama can send a few ‘mill to Garden Grove to help bail out the faithful?

  9. DMason says:

    It just gets better and better.

  10. Carpe Diem says:

    I don’t like this one bit. But as long as Obama isn’t directing American tax dollars to Sharia mosques, it’s just annoying.

  11. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Waiting lists have returned once again for access to ADAP programs.

    For those not familiar with ADAP, or A. D.rug A.ssistance P.rogram, is the place of last resort for people without insurance who can’t afford the meds that keep the HIV virus at bay.

    States in the south are naturally hardest hit by the lack of funding for the program. Obama has decided to stick his head in the sand about this growing and potentially deadly problem. He’s far more interested in tax cuts for the rich and funding religious programs.

    Meanwhile, people without access to expensive, antiviral drugs are dying in America.

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