Yep - I just spent about two hours using the skillz I learned in library class last semester to hunt down language in the FY 2011 Budget Bill of the 112 Congress that would point to any reductions or termination of funds dedicated to Faith-Based Initiatives - officially - anything referencing the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (OFBNP).
Why should I care? Faith-based Initiatives and the OFBNP are my specialty around here. They are my baby - I watch them like a hawk. It's a dirty job, but...
Why should you care? It's just one tiny little hypocrisy of politicians in general - and this particular Republican/Tea Party endorsed Budget Bill in particular. They don't seem to have a problem with Federal Money - taxpayer dollars - going to fund Church programs.
Why should Christians care? When the Federal Government gives money to an organization - the Federal Government gets to call the shots. Eventually we might have a President who demands that all people hired to implement these Faith-based Initiatives are not turned down a job based on sexual orientation. Some churches are totally cool with that (kudos to them! - check out this Center for Public Justice article - i have faith that some of these evangelicals would hire from the LGBTQ pool). On the other hand, some churches might find it very difficult to ween themselves off of Uncle Sam's teet after taking taxpayer money to fund programs that demonize non-Christian, non-straight, single mother female prisoners - for example. Which type of Christian are you? Are you okay with federal money going to Islamic, Hindu and Native American religious organizations? Where are your lines with the OFBNP?
Why are you bumming me out? - I have the cure for those of you asking this question. View yesterday's post on Jesus and Islam - er - Cat Stevens. I'll start zoning out to American Idol with you when they discover sexy Jesus REAL talent like that.
The Christian-Right created a monster - ME - someone who views political drama like the Super Bowl. And I vote.
PLEASE correct and publicly embarrass me if I missed out on language cutting FBO$$$. Also - this does NOT refer to the FY 2012 budget - just the 2011.