Barack Obama will kill faith based initiatives

While loudly proclaiming his outreach to evangelicals, including an embrace of the popular program of Faith Based Initiatives, leaders of the programs tell me that Senator Barack Obama’s planned changes will kill the program.

“It will likely be the embrace of death,” says Dave Donaldson, the bi-partisan point man on the subject, labeled by some as the “father of faith based initiatives.” Donaldson tells me that Obama’s proposed rule that faith cannot be used in hiring will spell the end of the most effective programs since they are operated by specific churches and specific denominational groups who will only want to hire their own. “To lose their religious and cultural identity is to kill the effectiveness of their programs,” says Donaldson.

“Imagine a right wing, conservative Republican showing up at Obama headquarters and demanding a job because they are the most qualified and the Obama people being required by law to hire them regardless of their beliefs?” asks Donaldson. “Or imagine a pro-life person wanting a job from Planned Parenthood? That is what will happen to Faith Based works under Obama. But an atheist running a Teen Challenge drug rehab program will not likely be successful.”

Charitable Choice, as it was called in the Bill Clinton administration was overwhelmingly passed by a bi-partisan congressional majority to give persons of need access to faith based programs if they were deemed the most effective. The movement was successful because some church run social programs outpaced their government counterparts. The Bush administration called those same programs, Faith Based Initiatives.

Senator John McCain would keep the program as it has been established by the Clinton and Bush administrations, faith based groups would still be allowed to hire persons from their own religion.

While getting credit in the national media for moving to the political center, Obama’s new rule for faith based groups may be the harbinger of things to come in what will likely be a much more liberal administration. Donaldson, who has contacts in both political parties and has served on the board of Jim Wallis’ operation is philosophical about the proposed changes, quoting Ronald Reagan’s famous warning, “If you get in bed with government you will never have a good night sleep.”

Read the whole story on McCain and the Evangelicals in the next issue of Newsmax Magazine.

4 Responses to Barack Obama will kill faith based initiatives

  1. rainydaypatriot says:

    I find it heartbreaking that so many good people are still being neoconned by the same people who, in days past, gave Judas Iscariot thirty pieces of silver.

    Think about it, how much “faith” does it take to run a charity on the public dole?

    In the long run, federally sanctioned inflationary spending only contributes to further devaluation of our fiat currency. How can it be true religion, undefiled before God, to run a charity that is complicit in decimating the purchasing power of the fixed incomes of our widows and fatherless?

    One outcome from having this unsettling “who’s-ring-should-we-kiss-next” discussion could be the awareness it raises in more individuals of integrity. The hardscrabble volunteers who roll up their sleeves and get things done. They can exercise their freedom of association and move into faith-based initiatives that have graciously refused the dole during the Bush administration, who show a continuing commitment to refuse it in any future administration, who teach people self-reliance and preparedness ahead of time, and who practice what they preach.

    33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.
    34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
    35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

    (Holy Bible, Acts 20:33-35)

  2. Black David says:

    For change, can people not quote the Bible when commenting on the functioning of the federal government? It’s as if you have no minds of your own.

    The USA is not a theocracy, although I’m sure some evangelicals and paleo-cons would prefer that alternative.

    I know “rainydaypatriot” must be a Losertarian or a paleo-con, because only they use the term “neo-con.”

    The botton line, for people like you, is that you have two candidates, one of which isn’t a handwringing collectivist/socialist who will attempt to subordinate American sovereignty and power to islamic friendly and anti-Israeli countries.

    A reality of life is that you have to sometimes settle for something that isn’t your personal ideal. I know, in this more narcissistic me me me American society people feel that that MUST have their own way or less.

    This is the impression offered by the Ron Paul freak fringe. John McCain isn’t “conservative” enough, as if their definition is the absolute one.

    I’d settle for a 50% conservative over one who is 0%. But then, I was taught that you can’t always get your own way and that you sometimes have to make due with what you have.

    John McCain isn’t my ideal but he’ll do for now. That’s the way the rest of you so-called “conservatives” should look at it, otherwise, your spiteful ways will ensure an Obama victory.

    Then we’ll have to endure four years of your whining over how bad the country will be with Slick Barry at the helm.

  3. Black David says:

    ” I was taught that you can’t always get your own way and that you sometimes have to make due with what you have.”

    correction: make DO with what you have.

  4. admills says:

    That would be a huge blow to all of the organizations out there doing a good. There are many good organizations out there who will simply be unwilling to accept government money.

    This is not going to help society.. not at all!

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