01 July 2008

Obama to "strengthen links" between government, faith programs

The continuing encroachment of the US evangelical movement into US - and Canadian - politics scares the bejeezus out of me, and reports like this don't help.
Obama visited a community ministry in a conservative region of the election battleground state of Ohio to unveil a plan to reinvigorate faith-based community programs first pioneered by President George W. Bush.

The Illinois senator, who will face Republican John McCain in November's presidential election, said he would put more money and emphasis on strengthening the link between government and community faith programs....

Obama ... said he learned early on as a community organizer in Chicago the value of acting on his faith. "I came to see my faith as being both a personal commitment to Christ and a commitment to my community - while I could sit in church and pray all I want, I wouldn't be fulfilling God's will unless I went out and did the Lord's work," he said.

Obama said the office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives set up by Bush as part of his "compassionate conservative" agenda never lived up to its early promise and social service programs for the poor had been underfunded.

He proposed a new Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to reinvigorate the effort.

What can atheists, secularists, humanists, free thinkers, etc., do to stop this infestation of irrationality? It's like a plague of the most malignant kind.

I ask this seriously. What can I/we do?

Because more and more it seems, homo sapiens sapiens is backsliding to primitive form.

For further evidence of human devolution, consider this drivel, courtesy of Lorna Dueck and the Grope and Flail, in response to an intervention by a Quebec judge on a father's grounding of his 12-yr-old daughter.

Here's the baffling truth: We're born with sin in our genes and it takes a lifetime to evolve to good.

Yea. Right.

Fortunately, there's some hope. Witness the number of negative comments to Dueck's piece.

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