Friday, February 06, 2009

Couincil on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

President Obama spoke Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast about his plans for the Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. A good summation report can be found in The Los Angeles Times article here, complete with a short video of the President's remarks.

The President's new Council continues the work of President Bush's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

The new Director of the Council will be Joshua DuBois, a 26-year-old Pentecostal minister who headed the President's religious outreach during the campaign. The 25-member council will advise the President on policy development and the coordination of public engagement with faith-based and neighborhood groups working on the front lines to improve communities and lift people out of poverty.

It's a good start!

What do you think?



sm said...

its good purpose ,but i do not support faith based or anything they should be only cause based,humanity based councils,today you feel its good , but in future i can see like india ,whatever one tries to do for progress ,other caste,faith based people oppose it,because there faith is violated,
same will happen because of faith based, the people will be divided,
on faith, after 50 years,faith based communites will become so strong ,they will force the usa to change your declaration of independence. which is No.1 which should be followed by world.

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Anonymous said...

I think as long as faith based groups compete on a level playing field with other groups, it is only fair to include them. Excluding them is punishing them for their faith. I do think they should have to commit that they will not use gov't money to proselytize and will not limit access to the program to those who share their beliefs, but with those restrictions I do not foresee the problems SM identifies above. If faith programs work, and in many instances they have been proven successful, not using them would be biased. If what they do works, power to 'em.

Just Plain Steve said...

Hey SM

Like you, --- I thought the term “faith based” was a red flag. Time to check in and monitor the “holier than now groups” But when you really get up close and turn back the covers – “those people” that fall into to that group are on the decline (real decline) and the people who share the normal view on the upside (and are accelerating in numbers). But don’t be afraid ---Outside of putting your hope to resolve these problems with our GREAT gov’t (Bush or Obama – use can choose who) these new brand of “faith based ministries” are really concern about doing good and are very successful at getting it done and it that is labeled “God’s work” so be it. And, as far as your India point – turning the USA into a dot on your forehead society – I think the people that breathe the air in this part of the world can see that coming and are not afraid to do something about it. And, in fifty years, the good old USA will be here (Maybe eating a little more tacos) as will the declaration of independence- so try not to worry about it – just do a neighbor a good deed once in a while – and you find how God works in amazing ways. I did –

Just Plain Steve