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05 February 2010

Facebook Group: President Obama: Close the White House Office of Faith-based Initiatives

By Diana Hsieh

Here's a Facebook group I can support: President Obama: Close the White House Office of Faith-based Initiatives.

The description reads:

Actually its current name is "The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships", but that would have made the group's name too long.

From www.whitehouse.gov: "The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships within the Domestic Policy Council works to form partnerships between the Federal Government and faith-based and neighborhood organizations to more effectively serve Americans in need."

Whether giving religious charities better access to government money makes them more effective or not is beside the point. The point is, it involves government in religion, and religion in government, and that is unconstitutional.
The religious left -- of which Obama is definitely a part (see here and here) -- is no better than the religious right. Sure, they differ somewhat in their concrete agendas. Yet both groups seek to shove religion down our throats at the point of a gun. The persistence of the Office of Faith-based Initiatives from the Bush administration to the Obama administration shows that the religious left is more than willing to capitalize on the religious right's power-grabs. That's a common -- and dismaying -- trend in politics today.

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