I was apprehensive when I read yesterday about Obama's claim that he would expand President Bush's faith-based initiatives.
Okay, I admit it...I am apprehensive of anything and everything Obama says :).
As usual, Bill Donohue puts it all in perspective.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue urged Catholics to reject Sen. Barack Obama’s faith-based initiative:
“If a customer walked into a New York deli and said, ‘Let me have a hot dog on a roll—hold the frankfurter’—he’d likely be thrown out. That’s what the public should do to Obama’s faith-based initiative: since he wants to gut the faith from his faith-based programs, he should be told to junk it.
“Any church or religious agency that agrees to take federal money on the condition that it must operate in a secular fashion—in hiring and in disseminating its values—is selling out. If Orthodox Jews running a day care center are not allowed to exclusively hire Orthodox Jews, there is nothing kosher about it. If a Catholic foster care program cannot place Catholic children with Catholic parents, it is doing a disservice to the children. If an evangelical drug rehab program can’t deliver a Christian message to its clients, it may as well close up shop. But that’s what Obama wants—he wants to secularize the religious workplace.