It’s amazing how, whatever policy Democrats were against when done by George W. Bush, they’re in favor of when Barack Obama does it. When George W. Bush set up the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, using government money to support religious organizations, Democrats said it was unconstitutional…
…and now that Barack Obama is expanding that program, Democrats are loving it.
Why? Because it the faith-based government checks buy the Democrats the financial and logistical support of America’s big churches when election time comes around again.
President Obama promised that he would institute safeguards to ensure that the separation of church and state are not violated. Obama has not kept that promise. He has expanded the government establishment of religion without placing any safeguards against that expanded theocratic power at all.
In fact, Barack Obama, who came in as a symbol of the defeat of discrimination, is allowing faith-based discrimination to continue. President Obama is keeping in place rules established under George W. Bush that allow organizations that receive government funding to practice religious discrimination in hiring and firing. Though the government may be paying the bills, Obama seems to think it’s okay if someone is fired from their job just because they don’t share the religious beliefs of their boss.
What’s more, in establishing his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which consists almost completely of religious leaders, Barack Obama has put religious control over public money under the leadership of a man who has a long record of divisive discrimination against religious and cultural minorities. Obama has made Joshua Dubois at the head of the Council. Dubois is the man who honored Creationist bigot Rick Warren with the power of conducting a religious ritual at the Inauguration. Dubois is the man who established an Obama campaign tour featuring the homophobic Donnie McClurkin.
Joshua Dubois also supported the exclusion of non-religious Democrats from certain parts of the Democratic National Convention in 2008, creating religion-only zones of special access to political leaders. Justifying the segregation, Dubois said that people of faith had an important place in American life. The rest of us? As Dubois sees it, we just don’t count.
It seems that President Obama intends to keep the religious discrimination going. Council member and megachurch preacher Joel Hunter explains the new pro-discrimination policy by saying, “On the one hand, you don’t want to use federal funds to discriminate. But on the other hand, we can’t have religious organizations taking money on the condition that they will hire people who live a lifestyle contrary to what they teach.”
Catch that? On the one hand, you don’t want to discriminate, but on the other hand, we’re going to discriminate, says Hunter.
It used to be that if organizations took public money, there were strings attached. You couldn’t whine about the government money to people whose lifestyle you don’t approve of, for example. No more. Under Obama, religious discrimination isn’t just unchecked – it’s now subsidized by the government even more than it was under George W. Bush.
In these days when people are having a hard time holding onto any job, it is particularly cruel of Obama to allow Americans to lose their jobs merely because they do not go to an approved-of church.