Government Aid to Church Fosters Intolerance. . .

1 08 2008

Yes, it’s from 35 years ago (older than some of you reading!) but yes, we’re having an object lesson in its wisdom this summer:

“I believe in a wall between church and state so high that no one can climb over it.

“When religion controls government, political liberty dies; and when government controls religion, religious liberty perishes.

“Every American has the constitutional right not to be taxed or have his tax money expended for the establishment of religion.

“For too long the issue of government aid to church related organizations has been a divisive force in our society and in the Congress. It has erected communication barriers among our religions and fostered intolerance.”


— — Sam Ervin, Quotations from Chairman Sam: The Wit and Wisdom of Senator Sam Ervin (1973)

(Frisky cock of the snook to Culture Kitchen’s quote bank.)

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1 08 2008
JJ

Evidence that we the people can’t trust religious freedom to the religious!
Withering criticism from Bill Donohue’s Catholic League, of Obama’s nuanced “faith-based initiative”:

OBAMA’S FAITH-BASED GAMBIT IS A FRAUD

July 2, 2008

“If a customer walked into a New York deli and said, ‘Let me have a hot dog on a roll—hold the frankfurter’—he’d likely be thrown out. That’s what the public should do to Obama’s faith-based initiative: since he wants to gut the faith from his faith-based programs, he should be told to junk it.

“Any church or religious agency that agrees to take federal money on the condition that it must operate in a secular fashion—in hiring and in disseminating its values—is selling out.

If Orthodox Jews running a day care center are not allowed to exclusively hire Orthodox Jews, there is nothing kosher about it. If a Catholic foster care program cannot place Catholic children with Catholic parents, it is doing a disservice to the children. If an evangelical drug rehab program can’t deliver a Christian message to its clients, it may as well close up shop.

But that’s what Obama wants—he wants to secularize the religious workplace.

. . .“The whole purpose behind funding faith-based programs is that they are, in fact, superior to secular programs. And the reason they are has everything to do with the inculcation of religious values disseminated by people of faith. No matter, Obama wants to gut the religious values and bar religious agencies from hiring people who share their religion. Hence, his initiative is a fraud.”

Yet even as Donohue warns we don’t dare “secularize the religious workplace” he simultaneously demands this month, that two public universities (UCF and UMinn) be “faith-ified” and respond to his high-handed religious-based demands for action against individuals in these secular workplaces, which guts the rightful secular protections that “we the people” believe employees and students who offend religious sensibilities nevertheless deserve, at least here in the good old USA.

And did you catch his monstrous implication above?: if your religion can’t compete and win the body count, against other religions and the tide of heathens, then there’s no point in helping drug addicts or orphans or working parents. Service is just an inculcation tool. So the religious should go find programs — including schools? — that WILL permit inculcation, that CAN front for their recruiting efforts, which is all that really counts.

At least Thinking Parents can’t accuse him of lying! He’s showing us who he is, so as Oprah says, believe it. To paraphrase his own press release,
“But that’s what Donohue wants — he wants to faithify the secular workplace.”

This doesn’t mean Donohue or anyone who believes in religious warfare as he does, is wicked. It just means the religious really don’t get religious freedom, and don’t want it. What they want and need and work for, is victory for their own particular belief system. Everything they do is to inculcate and subdue, to control, to dominate, to recruit and retain, to build up their religion’s domain worldwide (not just for the good old USA) if they can.

Thus their sole mission, literally, is to lure us in so we can receive their “service” and become obliged to recruit others in turn. “Religious freedom” in that cause is oxymoronic.

Think of teacher unions, all their soldiers and believers — educators don’t get education freedom, and don’t want it. What they want is the opposite, to control education and its limitless resources, and all of us through it. Just like religion.

We don’t have to fight about the truth of all this, just understand it and connect it. Call it exposing a fraud, call it common sense. But believe it.

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