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How do you feel about Faith Based Initiatives

When George W. Bush introduced the concept of a faith-based office, the original vision was to help nonprofit charities get government support to feed the hungry and house the homeless. From the reaction, you'd have thought Bush was trying to install a caliphate. Indeed, most newspaper stories focused on the blurring of church and state.

By contrast, when Obama upgraded and renamed the program -- the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships -- most stories focused on procedural questions and a new, 25-member faith-based advisory council. Few, if any, headlines questioned whether Obama might be using his faith-based office to advance liberal policies, whereas Bush was under persistent fire for allegedly pushing (horrors) a pro-life agenda.

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 9:02 AM on Aug. 17, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • A comparison of how the media have treated the two presidents and their faith-based programs during the first six months of their administrations (2001 and 2009) is the subject of a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.


     http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=431#accounting


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/14/AR2009081401931.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns


     

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:03 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • I believe this nation was built on a community helping each other ( and not the government helping US). Faith Based Initiatives are a perfect example. I find this comparison interesting as POTUS changes hands (and sides of the aisles) so does the media "coverage". Media plays a large role in what the people believe and discover about their POTUS/admin. This study shows again the double standard. Faith Based Initiatitves were criticized for the closeness of "Church and State" under Bush. Obama had to actually rename in order to "market' Faith Based Programs as all of a sudden acceptable. Double Standard?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:08 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • I am always in favor of utilizing an existing infrastructure rather than spending billions to build one from scratch (Obama's campaign platform). Religion should not be a mandatory pre-requisite to getting aid from those agencies, but to exclude them completely because they have a verse hanging on the wall is idiotic. Funny how he's not being crucified for keeping the program at all...
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:10 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • Funny how he's not being crucified for keeping the program at all...


    ITS ALL about the MARKETING, NP. It's wasn't about the good work faith based programs create and do... Until Obama renamed it, of course.... It's the same tasting pepsi, just a new can with an "O" on it.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:14 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

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    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:15 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • No matter how hard people try we are a country faith. That is not naming a faith. Pick one. There are many to choose from which proves we did achieve at least one thing the Pilgrims sought. A country where we are free to practice our faith. We can't do it without government intervention, well at least you can't if you are Christian. All other religions are ok. It is from these practices of faith that the usually the best in human kind shines brightly.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 9:16 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • Those against Bush must've been racists!!!!!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:34 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • By contrast, when Obama upgraded and renamed the program -- the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships -- most stories focused on procedural questions and a new, 25-member faith-based advisory council.


    This makes me wonder what makes one a more desirable candidate to work on a faith based advisory council? Would it be religious affiliation? If so, does that not go against EOE ideals? Or perhaps to be eligible you would have to have been a contributor to his campaign?


    Double standard? Absolutely

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:46 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • Faith - based has an odd sound to it. Faith- based anything sounds phony. And even if George created that and Obama is keeping it with a new name, who benefits? Only needy Chrsitians? Or Jews? Or Amish? whatever. ANd if Obama renames it and the nuts who call him "NoBama" object , isn''t that kinda counterproductive? WOn't this just give the Obama -haters more ammunition and more opportunity to bash him? I am SO tired of this.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:52 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

  • I'm sorry but we are NOT a faith based country...YOU are faith based and that is great, that is your thing, enjoy, whatever, but do NOT assume the rest of us are. That is a GIGANTIC problem in my book.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:46 AM on Aug. 17, 2009

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