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Get the F(aith) Out

Publication Date: 2002-11-02

While many of us have been dozing the faith-based healers have been setting up their initiatives and legislation

Working Notes

Faith-Based Initiatives aren?t just for the Department of Education. The Centers for the Faith-Based and Community Initiatives are located in five Cabinet Departments. Each of these has its own set-up?individual logos and such. The names in each initiative even vary slightly.

The Director of the president's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is James Towey, an anti-abortion Democrat, lawyer for Mother Teresa, Florida secretary of health. Located within the Executive Office of the President and operational within 30 days, the OFBCI is set to ?take the lead responsibility in the Executive Branch to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Federal Government?s effort to enlist, expand, equip, empower and enable the work of faith-based and community service groups.?

1. U. S. Dept. of Labor
Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives

Item: News Release: The Department of Labor and NABJC are set to announce READY4WORK, a Business, Faith, Community & Criminal Justice Partnership Working with Ex-Offenders


Item: Faith-Based and Community Initiative Grants

2. US Dept of Health & Human Services

The Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives


Item: Compassion Capital Fund

Item: ?How-To? Training and Educational Speeches

News Release: Heath & Human Services awards $30 million to help level playing field for faith-based and community institutions seeking to obtain funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.

News Release: the Compassion Capital Fund will be used to expand the role that faith-based and community groups in providing social services to those in need.

3. U. S. Department of Justice

Task force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives


Item: Going Home Initiative

Mission Statement
The Task Force's purpose is to promote good works by neighbors, particularly in the areas of juvenile delinquency, prisoners and their families, victims of crime, domestic violence, and drug addiction/treatment/prevention. . .

4. Housing and Urban Development
Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives


Item: Ten Things Your Faith Community Can Do to Promote Homeownership

Item: Partnerships for Housing & Development

Item: Colonias Initiative

5. U. S. Department of Education Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives


Item: One-Day Workshops

Item: Novice Applicants

Item: Tutoring Services

Attendees at Faith Based Event at the White House: Note the number of politicians and political operatives, born again and ordained:

Sonny Arguinzoni, Jr., Founder, Victory Outreach International
Harvey Blitz, President, Orthodox Union
Reverend Jerry Bishop
Stephen E. Burger, Executive Director, Association of Gospel Rescue Missions
Commissioner John Busby, National Commander, the Salvation Army
John Castellani, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Teen Challenge
Charles W. Colson, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Prison Fellowship Ministries
Lisa Cummins, Leadership Network
Dr. David D?eramo, President and CEO, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Reverend Walter Fauntroy
Floyd Flake, Senior Pastor, Allen Ame Church
Dr. Virgil Gulker, Founder and Executive Director, the Kids Hope USA Ministry
Cheryl Halpern, National Chair, Republican Jewish Coalition
Michael Joyce, President, Bradley Foundation
Claude Kicklighter, Chairman of the Board, Habitat for Humanity
Richard Lewis, Prison Fellowship Ministries
Reverend Herb Lusk
Sara Melendez, President and CEO, Independent Sector
Mary Nelson, President, Bethel New Life, Inc.
Marvin Olasky
Carol Porter, Co-Founder, Kidcare
Hurt Porter, Co-Founder, Kidcare
Imam Hassan Qazwini, Islam Center of America
Dr. Willie Richardson, Pastor, Christian Stronghold Baptist Church
Reverend Eugene Rivers
Sister Mary Rose, Covenant House
Denny Rydberg, President and CEO, Young Life
Reverend Mark Scott, Ella J. Barker House
Dr. Jim Skillen, President, Center for Public Justice
Joe Tierney, President, Public/Private Ventures
Stanley Carlson-Thies, Center for Public Justice
Rabbi Abraham Twerski, Gateway Rehab Center
Mr. John Walters, President, Philanthropy Roundtable
Bruce Wilkinson, Senior VP for International Programs, Worldvision
Bob Woodson, Founder and President, National Center for Neighboring Enterprise

Item: Here are the groups urging that Congress not pass H.R. 7, the Community Solutions Act.

American Association of School Administrators
American Association of University Women
American Civil Liberties Union
American Counseling Association
American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
American Federation of Teachers
American Humanist Association
American Jewish Committee
Americans for Religious Liberty
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Anti-Defamation League
Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs
Central Conference of American Rabbis
Christians For Justice Action
Equal Partners in Faith
Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quaker)
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Justice and Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ
Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Legal Action Center
NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Association of Social Workers
National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
National Education Association
National PTA
NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund
OMB Watch
Partnership for Recovery
People for the American Way
Service Employees International Union, (SEIU) AFL-CIO
State Associations of Addiction Services
Texas Faith Network
Texas Freedom Network
The Center For Progressive Christianity
The Employment Project
The Interfaith Alliance
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Women's Institute for Leadership Development, WILD for Human Rights
Women of Reform Judaism

Here is a (small) part of the American Association of University Women?s opposition:

. . .under the voucher provision, a cabinet secretary is granted unprecedented authority to unilaterally convert any grant or direct funding program to a voucher program, even if the underlying authorization does not permit vouchers. Such action would not be subject to congressional approval. The programs that could be affected include Child Care Development Block Grant, domestic violence programs, Older Americans Act, Job Access and Reverse Commute grant program, federal housing laws, and juvenile justice programs. This is an extraordinary step that thoroughly undermines federal, state, and local law. Not only could religious entities freely discriminate, but they could also proselytize to those individuals receiving services through a voucher.

AAUW opposes H.R. 7 because we stand firmly behind the principle that federal funds should never be used to pay for discrimination

Item: Michael Joyce, whose conservative Bradley Foundation has pushed the Milwaukee voucher agenda, is a big player in the Faith-Based deal. At President Bush II?s request, Joyce created two new organizations to build political support for his ?Faithbased? initiative:

Americans for Community and Faith-Centered Enterprise (ACFE), is a 501(c)4 citizens' lobby based in Washington, DC. Its primary focus is to advocate an expansion of charitable choice, tax credits, and other means of bringing faith-centered and community solutions to social ills. As a first step, the group will work to enact H.R. 7, the Community Solutions Act of 2001

The Foundation for Community and Faith-Centered Enterprise (FCFE), will study and promote policies that encourage corporations, philanthropies, private foundations and individuals to provide resources to faith-centered and community groups. It also will encourage the full recognition of the vital role such groups must play in American life and culture.

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