I suspect that many of you are not familiar with the White House office of faith based initiatives, or, if you are, you may not know exactly what it does. Either way, you may find what follows to be of interest.
The purpose of this office is to engage our country’s “spiritual leaders” to “more effectively serve Americans in need”. Over the years this office has been involved in creating new programs to:
mentor the children of prisoners, expand choices for addicts seeking treatment, and [to] combat the spread of AIDS.
Each of these programs, which have been very successful, was initiated by President George W. Bush.
On Tuesday, President Obama gave this office new “marching orders”. Our country’s clergy have now been instructed to:
Get out there and spread the word…all of you can be really important validators and trusted resources for friends and neighbors, to help explain what’s now available to them…
Most Americans do not like Obamacare in spite of all the hype from both the President and Congress. Will any of them like it any better when their pastor starts touting it, or, will those touting it loose the respect of their congregations?
Whatever the result, using this office to foster a political agenda rather than a social agenda seems a bit out of place.