Faith-Based and Government? Of course!02.05.09
I lied in my previous post. I had to make a quick remark on this article.
President Obama will be revamping President Bush’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. I still am having trouble figuring out just why our federal government needs any such office, no matter how revamped it gets.
President Obama said that the office:
“[will not] 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 that our founders wisely drew between church and state.”
So, basically it’s an office that helps provide social services to those in need, such as international HIV/AIDS efforts, job training to low-income workers, and helping released convicts get back into society. That I can get behind.
And now that Obama is making sure that people aren’t discriminated against based on their religious background during hiring, it seems that the only thing faith-based about the office is the name.
Well done. Another Bush blunder effectively reversed.