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  •  Needs repeating (6+ / 0-)

    President Obama has stated he plans to continue ‘Faith Based Initiatives’ however the new President must put a stop to the fanatical religious right in their attempts to control government and the private lives of American citizens.
    I agree with Thomas Jefferson who said "The way to see religion is to shut the eye of reason"
    "I am for freedom of religion, and against all maneuvers to bring about a legal ascendency of one sect over another."

    The First Amendment To The U.S. Constitution: states ""Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . ."

    If Obama continues with his plan [on top of the insult of having Rick Warren do a prayer at the inauguration], it will be one of the worst mistakes of his presidency.  No doubt Warren sees dollar signs in anticipation of the tax dollars he'll get for his mega-church (or his own damned pockets) so he'll say something condescending.

    No one is stopping any of the reichwingnuts from practicing their religion(s)... WITHOUT the benefit of our tax dollars...!  Our national budget will be tight enough as is, so technically we can't afford to give money to "faity-based initiatives."  If people want to donate their own money to a "faith-based initiative" they can fork over their own money to do so, and no one is going to complain.

    But fork over our collective tax dollars to the reichwingnut fundies?  Why?  It's not gonna buy any of their votes.  They have no "right" to get our tax dollars to promote their religious values or try to impose their religious nonsense in the form of federal laws that take away rights of the majority of people or use "faith-based initiatives" money to influence politicians to promote their particular brand of drivel or vote for laws they propose.  We'd end up funding religious lobbyists.  Giving money to religious organizations is a slippery slope to government-sponsored religion.

    I'm with President John F. Kennedy who believed in an 'absolutely strict separation of church and state.'


    by NonnyO on Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 03:49:17 PM PST

    •  Well said NonnyO. (6+ / 0-)

      Thanks for keeping us informed of this Texas Cowboy.

      When the US government funds a local anti-GLBT church group to run the suicide prevention drop in coffee house, under these faith based initiatives, we see the inherent conflicts we should be avoiding.

      A troubled GLBT youth, is not going to drop in and chat with the very people bullying him or her in school.

      The whole premise of using faith based initiatives to substitute for government run social services is deeply flawed and should be re-examined, re-futed, and stopped.

      Also, I'm familiar with a few of these programs, and it seems another insidious side effect, is that groups of the "faithful" are using even proper delivery of these services to cover their groups overhead costs, so they are then free to prosetylize "after hours."

      Seperate of church and state was the best idea to begin with and we should return to it and end this Bush era run around.  Obama should change his position on this.

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 04:01:10 PM PST

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