The Obama administration should probably let faith-based programs that receive government grants discriminate against those they hire or serve: apparent discrimination might be understandable discernment that could eventually lead to dialogue.
Posted by Mathew N. Schmalz, on February 17, 2009 5:36 AM
When religious organizations open their doors and staffs to people of other beliefs, there is an opportunity for growth and greater understanding of how our society can move forward in a more unified matter.
Posted by Matt Maher, on February 17, 2009 12:19 AM
I would never advise a Christian organization to participate in these federal programs or to receive tax monies. The brutal reality is that when government money flows, government regulation inevitably follows. Furthermore, taking government money sets a bad precedent and can easily become a seductive snare.
Posted by R. Albert Mohler Jr., on February 13, 2009 9:23 AM
If the government issues money to any faith-based institution, the government should have the right to demand that there be no discrimination in hiring, and if an institution or organization has a problem with that, that same institution should not seek government funding.
Posted by Susan K. Smith, on February 13, 2009 12:55 AM
As a matter of policy and principle, my own church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - chooses to avoid that pitfall altogether. It simply doesn't accept government funding for its welfare efforts.
Posted by Michael Otterson, on February 12, 2009 7:20 AM
Government and faith partnerships exist for community empowerment and renewal. The wall between church and state works both ways. It protects the government from one religious belief system usurping all other convictions but similarly the wall protects the Church from the State.
Posted by Samuel Rodriguez, on February 12, 2009 6:00 AM
If sectarian organizations are using their own money, they have every right to employ only persons committed to their religion. However, if taxpayers are funding a program, that program should reflect our nation's historic commitment to civil rights.
Posted by Welton Gaddy, on February 12, 2009 12:18 AM
With all due respect to Obama's desire to broaden the program beyond the honeypot for right-wing evangelical groups that it became under President Bush, it is impossible to dole out money for programs directly administered by religious institutions without doing violence to the separation of church and state.
Posted by Susan Jacoby, on February 11, 2009 8:39 AM
If religious organizations are running programs that help people in non-religious ways, such as helping the poor with food and shelter, helping prisoners with education, helping people during times of disasters, they should of course be funded, but only on condition that they not proselytize their religious beliefs while dispensing the needed assistance.
Posted by Robert Thurman, on February 11, 2009 1:51 AM
The vocation of the church is not to convert the world, but to transform the world, so that every person in it has a better chance to live fully, to love wastefully and to be all that he or she can be.
Posted by John Shelby Spong, on February 10, 2009 8:10 PM
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SpiritualMongrel: If you want public funds then there are three options:
1)you must hire and serve everyone.
2)Revoke your tax exempt status.
3)Change the c...
Rich393: The government has **ABSOLUTELY NO BUSINESS** underwriting any religious program. It is insane to expect that religions will not voice thei...
lepidopteryx: I don't think the federal government should be writing checks to religious organizations or their subsidiaries in the first place.
If my ch...