Friday, January 21, 2005

Church & State

The other religion story that's been dominating the blogosphere has been the question of Faith-Based Initiatives.  Yours truly had a bit too much to say on it, as did many others.  Christianity Today has an interview with Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and now Assistant to the President.  Towey is nominally a Dem, but in the interview, he demonstrates that donkeys can prevaricate with the best of elephants.  More later.

Hillary Clinton seems to want in on the act, but those pesky secular humanists don't.  If this isn't Exhibit 1-A of Hillary's enduring presidential ambitions, we don't know what is:

In a speech at a fund-raising dinner for a Boston-based organization that promotes faith-based solutions to social problems, Clinton said there has been a "false division" between faith-based approaches to social problems and respect for the separation of church of state.

"There is no contradiction between support for faith-based initiatives and upholding our constitutional principles," said Clinton, a New York Democrat who often is mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2008.

Addressing a crowd of more than 500, including many religious leaders, at Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza, Clinton invoked God more than half a dozen times, at one point declaring, "I've always been a praying person."

She said there must be room for religious people to "live out their faith in the public square."

Let's be clear:  we're not saying Clinton's religious practice is hollow.  By all accounts, she has been a lifelong devout Methodist.  But since when does she buy into Republican perspectives on the separation of church and state?

On another subject, we didn't realize that the Arizona prison ministry successfully sued by the Freedom From Religion Foundation last year was affiliated with...Chuck Colson.  Shows you what we get for agreeing with him.  

(NB:  The name of the group in question is MentorKids, not to be confused with the Mentor Network, a national social services company that provides, among other things, therapeutic foster care for children.  Mrs. Pastor works for Mentor, and we're sure she appreciates the clarification.)

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Chris T. said...

Jim Towey is an ass.

In my humble opinion.

At 5:18 PM, Blogger pastordan said...

And a humble opinion it is.

Think there's any reason a fundamentally decent guy (DiIulio) only lasted about two weeks in the job?

At 10:38 PM, Blogger Chris T. said...

Probably for the same reason all of Kerry's religious liaison people got shouted out of office—politicians don't know how to stand up to criticism from the Religious Right, and the Bush administration doesn't have any desire to, either.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger pastordan said...

Well, either that or he figured out pretty quickly just how corrupt the program really was...


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