This Speech Makes me Sick
planet to ending poverty — are simply too big for government
to solve alone,” ~ Barack Obama
"Now, make no mistake, as someone who used to teach constitutional law, I believe deeply in the separation of church and state, but I don’t believe this partnership will endanger that idea – so long as we follow a few basic principles. First, if you get a federal grant, you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them – or against the people you hire – on the basis of their religion. Second, federal dollars that go directly to churches, temples, and mosques can only be used on secular programs. And we’ll also ensure that taxpayer dollars only go to those programs that actually work."So, what about the Catholic Hospital in Rochester that will not dispense birth control. How does that contribute to ending poverty? It doesn't. And having babies too soon is a quick path toward economic hardship for mothers and children. How does it help fight AIDS? It doesn't. Condoms are birth control. And Catholic hospitals and service agencies will not dispense condoms for just that reason. This is not proselytizing or discriminating. It is simply religious dogma standing in the way of sane policy.
How about the "faith communities" in Rochester whom charitable organizations fall over themselves so as to avoid offending. What does that mean? It means that United Way cannot or will not fund Planned Parenthood because the latter performs abortions or dispenses birth control.
How about the Catholic Schools that won't even offer sex education to the pathetic levels of the public schools in town because, well, because the church thinks you should just say "no." I suspect the other "Christian" schools in the area are no better. (Let's leave to one side the fact that "faith based" institutions - schools and hospitals - pay poorly and insist that employees toe the religious line.) In all these ways, relying on partnerships with major "faith based groups" is plain stupid.
Charity will not end poverty. And all churches do is hand out charity. Poverty will be ended, if it ever is, by reforming large scale political-economic arrangements. And most "faith based groups" will stand smack dab in the way of such reforms. And speaking of programs that "work," churches have been around for millennia claiming to care for the poor and to alleviate poverty. Have they been successful? You could have fooled me!
Hey Barack, let's think back to the mid-20th century in the U.S.; Which did more to alleviate poverty - Church based charity or the Social Security system? Private philanthropy or the WPA? I know where I'll place my money. And it is not in the alms basket.
End of rant.