Faith-Based Funding

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Funding Faith-Based Organizations A trademark of the United States citizen is the desire to help their fellow man. By the government funding social programs, taxpayer money is granted regardless of race, faith, or sexual preference. If a group wants to receive government funding, then complying with all laws, rules and regulations is perfunctory and their core philosophy may not be used as a basis for discrimination. By extending special assistance to faith-based organizations (FBO), the federal government is shirking their constitutional responsibility to not favor a particular religion. Therefore, government funding for FBO is improper, unnecessary, and ultimately divisive. Impropriety In 2001, President George W. Bush signed his first executive order to establish the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. According to Carlson-Thies (2009), the initiative has been criticized by Bush’s opponents that the policy was not a serious effort, but was instead a political ploy to strengthen his religious base. The impetus behind this executive order was to create the means by which a FBO may receive federal grants to conduct social programs. The driving force behind proponents of this initiative was that they knew, without a doubt, that faith-based programs work best (“Faith-Based Social Programs Are Not as Effective as Secular Programs,” 2006). This assertion is inherently improper and biased. The problem with the saying faith-based programs work best is that you need a great deal of evidence to back up your statement. Unfortunately for proponents of this faith-based initiative, appropriate evidence to support this statement did not exist at the time of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Commu... ... middle of paper ... ... of research papers presented at the faith-based and community initiatives conference on research, outcomes, and evaluations (pp. 179-211). Washington, D.C.: Dept. of Health and Human Services?]. Katz, J. (1975). The Role of religion in modern Jewish history . Cambridge, Mass.: Association for Jewish Studies. Obama, B. (2009, February 5). Obama Announces White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships | The White House. The White House. Retrieved July 10, 2011, from http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/ObamaAnnouncesWhiteHouseOfficeofFaith-basedandNeighborhoodPartnerships/ The Texas faith-based initiative at five years: warning signs as President Bush expands Texas-style program to national level.. (2002). Austin, TX: Texas Freedom Network Education Fund. Wilson, M. (2006). World religion: opposing viewpoints . Detroit: Greenhaven Press.
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