Wednesday, February 18

More on Blog Against Theocracy

It looks like for Blog Against Theocracy we might be up against the current administration. From Americans United, which is an excellent resource as we all start thinking about this year's blogswarm:

President Obama has failed to deliver on his campaign statements. When creating his Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Obama failed to adequately prevent harmful discrimination on the basis of religion by government grantees. Although President Obama had originally proposed a new take on the Faith-Based Initiative, one that will not maintain the constitutional and civil rights pitfalls of the Bush Administration, the executive order he signed last week leaves the entire architecture of the Bush Faith-Based Initiative intact - every rule, every regulation, every executive order. And thanks to an aggressive anti-civil rights push from the Department of Justice near the end of the Bush Administration, nearly every social service tax dollar distributed by the government can be used for discriminatory hiring. In a time of unprecedented need, this is even more unacceptable than ever.

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From Mark Hoback at the revived and reviving Fried Green Al Quedas:

And here at long last is Tengrain's, which is available in different sizes on his Flickr page (suitable for sidebars and such):

And then here's a little thang I crayoned this afternoon:


  1. Thanks for posting this, BG ... looks like we are going to continue to have our hands full with this program ... ugh!


  2. Am I missing something? If you take the lede literally, it would seem that the Administration is trying to review hiring practices, or at least reform the review process. U.S. News seems to confirm that, although it points out that the current policy on hiring practices is (largely?) unchanged.

    I'm not fond of this idea, even if the organizations allegedly don't discriminate in hiring. The problem is that the solutions such organizations employ are always going to be bounded by the dictates of their religions. Or should I say, their beliefs about what their religions dictate. For someone of another faith, or a secularist, working in such an organization, this will almost inevitably be a point of friction. Friction usually equals "no chance for advancement". Anyone who has been a part of the minority in an organization ought to be able to relate to both the pitfalls of such situations and the personal reasons why they would prefer an organization that's more open to other ideas.

  3. Anonymous4:11 PM

    "President Obama has failed to deliver on his campaign statements."

    I know that I, for one, am shocked - SHOCKED - by this.

    The term "White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships" should be an oxymoron. The whole thing ought to be scrapped with the rest of Bush's bad ideas.

  4. Anonymous8:48 PM

    Taxation without representation, delivered to religion. Talk about a Declaration's worth of grievances!

    This is obscene. It needs to go.

  5. Anonymous8:39 AM

    this sorta stuff just downright gives me the effing creeps...

    the fact that we don't publicly mock these boogey-man addict schizophrenics is bad enough... now we're going to give them MONEY and AUTHORITY?... oh please... if the religious are so friggin sure in their faith, let em pray for cash...

    we can use tax money... they can use prayer money... whatever money we raise with taxes we can use for the government,... whatever money the BoogeyMan Addicts raise by praying is theirs to use at their discretion...

    seems equitable to me..

    one love,
    --Reverend Manny and the Twilight Empire

  6. some day some one is going to have explain to me exactly why religion is such a good thing.......

    havent more deaths been recorded in the name of religion than anything else


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