Thursday, July 3, 2008
I understand the role of the church and don't have a problem with it. My question is shouldn't they be allowed to use faith base money how they see fit? If not churches need to think long and hard about taking government money to run their programs. In other words, while religious groups can receive federal funds to help the needy, they cannot do so to pick their own co-religionists. The churches will not be allowed to use federal funds to provide religious instruction. They can not discriminate against nonmembers of their church or religion, but must remain open to all and cannot practice religious discrimination against populations they serve. Religious organizations that receive federal dollars could not discriminate with respect to hiring for government-funded social service programs. Taxpayer dollars can only be used on secular programs and initiatives. Obama supports some ability to allow religious charities that receive federal funding to hire and fire based on faith. But such religious institutions only can hire and fire based on faith in the non-taxpayer funded programs and services they provide. In other words, if you take federal money there are strings attached including running the program using secular principles. I think a church should be free to use federal money in any way they see fit or not use it at all. Next thing will be telling the church what to say and when.