Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Obama Trying to Jump the Shark

In an attempt to see how much he can pander to the religious vote, Obama has decided to back Federal funding for "faith-based" programs.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he would spend at least $500 million a year to promote community aid programs run by faith-based groups.

Blech.

And get this part:

Obama, 46, an Illinois senator, called for rules to ensure that the council wouldn't breach the constitutionally mandated separation of church and state. Federal money could only be spent on non-religious activities and groups couldn't discriminate when deciding who will get their aid.

Hey Obama...if you really want to make sure that there's no breach of the separation of church and state how about not giving my fucking taxes to religious organizations?

Man, it's going to be a long, hard slog to the election in November. I'd nearly made up my mind, but occasionally McCain will say something that appeals to me, and Obama will pull a boner like this.

Please make him stop.

1 comment:

philip_tucker said...

Yeah, this pretty much takes all the wind out of the sails of his 2006 talk on faith and pluralism in our society. It sounds reasonable on the surface, forcing the funding to be spent only on non-religious activities. But how the heck is that going to be monitored? Sounds like a nightmare to me.

If a faith-based group has some non-religious service it offers that's separate enough that its funding can be tracked and monitored separately from the group overall, why not break it off into its own secular charity organization and then apply for public funding?

Gads, this is such a bad idea.