Posts Tagged ‘Faith-Based Initiatives’

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, 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

Faith-Based Initiatives

I just got back from New York City, where I spoke at an interesting event sponsored by our friends at the Center for Inquiry.

On Tuesday night, a three-person panel discussed the issue “Church and State in the Obama Era” at All Souls Church, a Unitarian-Universalist congregation. I wouldn’t call this event a debate; it was more of a discussion […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion, Tax Funding of Religion

When I was a kid, our church decided it would be nice to have a social hall.

It was a pretty ambitious goal. We were a medium-sized congregation serving mostly blue-collar families in an economically depressed area. But the people sitting in the pews believed in the project and gave extra to support it. Kids like me even chipped in […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives

President Barack Obama’s reluctance to overturn a Bush-era executive order permitting religious bias in federally funded “faith-based” programs is not going unnoticed.

The Los Angeles Times was quick to blast the president’s inaction in a Feb. 9 editorial cleverly headlined “Thou may not discriminate.” The newspaper labeled Obama’s decision not to revoke the order an “unpleasant” surprise and called for […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives

Have you ever had “one of those days” at work? I’m talking about the kind of day where something takes off, you get to working on it, and the next thing you know nine hours have flown by and you’re surprised at how much you’ve accomplished.

Yesterday was like that here at AU. We knew that President Barack Obama would […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives

Americans United for Separation of Church and State opposes “faith-based” initiatives because we believe that pouring millions of taxpayer dollars into the coffers of religious groups is unconstitutional.

But there are other reasons to be wary of the approach. It may not work, for example.

When President George W. Bush unveiled his initiative back in 2001, he and his supporters […] Read More

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