Archive for the ‘Faith-Based Initiatives’ Category

Faith-Based Initiatives

If Sylvia Spencer took a job at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, no one would ask her what her religious beliefs are. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of Americans would be horrified to think that such a consideration could affect her employment prospects for a position providing publicly funded social services.

HHS officials should […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Religious Right Research

Mat Staver is a piece of work, isn’t he?

Staver, in case you case you haven’t been keeping up with the Falwell Empire, is dean of the Liberty University School of Law and head of Liberty Counsel, a Religious Right legal group.

Staver isn’t as well known as the lawyers at American Center for Law and Justice or the […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Focus On The Family, Marriage & Sexuality

Just how rotten was the “faith-based” initiative under President George W. Bush?

Let the Iowa Independent fill you in.

In an April 16 report, the online newspaper reported that the Iowa Family Policy Council (IFPC) has received more than $3 million in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The money was supposedly earmarked for […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives

Sid Kemp is upfront about the agenda of Feeding God’s Children. The ministry, affiliated with Two Rivers Church in Lenoir City, Tenn., provides food and other assistance to children in Appalachia and Guatemala, and it provides evangelism as part of the package.

Although recipients and volunteers don’t have to be “believers,” he said, religious outreach is a big part of […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion

“If you get a federal grant, you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them — or against the people you hire — on the basis of their religion,” explained then presidential-hopeful Barack Obama while discussing his proposed changes to the controversial “faith-based” initiative on the campaign trail in Ohio […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Religious Discrimination, Tax Funding of Religion

For several years now, Americans United and other groups have spoken out against religious hiring bias in taxpayer-funded “faith-based” programs.

The issue to many people might seem like a legal abstraction. That’s why it’s helpful to occasionally have a human face put on the controversy.

Consider the case of Saad Mohammad Ali, a Washington state resident who volunteered […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion

It may strike you as out-of-season that media outlets have been reporting on the Salvation Army this week. After all, the month of February is drawing to a close, D.C.’s 40-plus inches of snow is beginning to melt and winter is waning.

We should have at least 10 months to hold onto our pocket change before next
December rolls […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Marriage & Sexuality

Today’s Washington Post reports that the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has stopped running its foster-care program to avoid having to license same-sex couples.

Back in November, the Archdiocese threatened to drop contracts with the D.C. government to provide social services if the D.C. Council approved a same-sex marriage bill. Thankfully, their threats did not faze the council, which […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religious Symbols on Public Property, Tax Funding of Religion

The one-year anniversary today of the unveiling of President Barack Obama’s version of the “faith-based” initiative has pushed the issue back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, the news is not good.

Speaking at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast, Obama boasted that he had “turned the faith-based initiative around.”

I was surprised to read that statement, because everything I see indicates that we’re […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion

It’s only a week away from Thanksgiving; the trees have all turned from green to vibrant shades of reds, yellows and browns and a crisp chill in the air puts me on pins and needles as I wait for the season’s first snow. As we reach mid November, the end of the calendar year always sneaks up on me […] Read More

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