In his speech Obama said that he believes "deeply" in the separation of Church and State, but the funding needs to be made available for faith-based groups doing charitable, secular work- such as soup kitchens, reforming ex-offenders and the rebuilding of New Orleans.
“I believe that change comes not from the top-down, but from the bottom-up, and few are closer to the people than our churches, our synagogues, our temples and our mosques,” Obama said after touring the Eastside Community Ministry in Ohio. “That’s why Washington needs to draw on them. The fact is, the challenges we face today … are simply too big for government to solve alone.”
Make of it as you wish. My personal opinion on the matter is that all of those charitable works that Obama wants religious organizations to do, should be taken care of by the government. Or at least make the program fair, why not expand the federal grants to non-faith based charitable groups? Or better yet to any group that does charitable work?? There have been legal questions to the way Bush implemented the faith-based programs, that's something Obama should take into serious consideration because not only has he pissed of the left with his vote on the FISA bill but for him to propose an enhanced relationship to faith-based groups is "apprehensive" for a good portion of Democrats.
Next up, General Wesley Clark made some um..comments on The Face of The Nation, about McCain not being able to tout his POW and military record as Executive experience necessary to becoming President. Whether or not he was led into the comments by Bob Scheiffer is arguable, but to the substance of what he has said and has been saying for the past couple of months, is something that we should be talking about. People automatically see the Republicans as the "national security" party which is ironic since 9/11 happened when Bush was 22% into his first term and yet they've turned that against the Democrats saying that they would put the country at risk. Regardless, I would like your thoughts on this and the issue of faith-based organizations.
For any of you who would like to see Gen Clark's comments I have embedded the video.