Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Strike Two

Obama is going to continue and expand Bush’s Faith Based Initiative according to the Associated Press

Reaching out to evangelical voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is announcing plans that would expand President Bush's program steering federal social service dollars to religious groups and -- in a move sure to cause controversy -- support their ability to hire and fire based on faith.

Fortunately that wasn’t the whole story ;

Now, make no mistake, as someone who used to teach constitutional law, I believe deeply in the separation of church and state, but I don't believe this partnership will endanger that idea -- so long as we follow a few basic principles. First, 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. Second, federal dollars that go directly to churches, temples, and mosques can only be used on secular programs. And we'll also ensure that taxpayer dollars only go to those programs that actually work

Better but still idiotic, why should the federal government give money to religious organizations? Organizations that are still free to discriminate on any basis other then religon such as being queer for instance.

This stupidity, he voted for the FISA bill that gave retroactive immunity to the telcos' and he won't end the occupation of Iraq or Afghanistan. Why should I vote for this dweeb? Only on reason really, that he will appoint moderate conservative judges and not reactionary loons like Alito and Roberts. I'll still probably vote for him but campaign? No my time and money go into keeping marriage equality a reality in California


Anonymous said...

Well said, Natasha.

Mostly, I'll vote for him at this point only because he's not as bad as McBush.

Anonymous said...

Hey, it worked! My Open ID NEVER works on your blog!

*does a little happy dance*

Natasha Yar-Routh said...

Thank you for the kind words and glad your open ID worked.

Yeah the fact that he's not as bad as McSame is the main reason to vote for him.

JanieBelle said...

Well now that I've gone and made the switch to Gmail, it's sort of irrelevant.

The damned thing finally started working, just when I don't need it anymore...