CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2001
"High Court Likely Will Be Forced to Decide Church-State Boundary" (Jan. 30) states that Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas support government neutrality so that no branch of government can favor or disfavor religion. Those of us committed to church-state separation truly wish that this interpretation were correct. If we look at their dissent in Lee vs. Weisman (1992), these three justices maintain that government bodies, at all levels, may show overt favoritism to religion over nonbelief.
July 12, 2008 |
As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama once arranged for a $200,000 grant to jump-start an urban venture capital fund for a nonprofit group run by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. The state grant was the sort of faith-based initiative now at the center of a rift between Jackson and Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Obama's embrace of this approach, championed by President Bush, led Jackson to lash out at his fellow Democrat this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2000 |
To a secular liberal, Joe Lieberman's vice presidential candidacy makes no sense. Fundamentalist Christian, right-wing conservatives--not witty, sophisticated, post-testosteronic, liberal, Jewish Democrats--push religion on the public. Now the stale opposition of "modern" seculars and "medieval" fundamentalists has been breached. We are forced to deal with religion in new ways.
April 22, 2005 |
Now that we have a new pope, might the day be nearing when we get our first TV pope? I'm picturing a show called "The Vatican" (ethereal theme song, white smoke billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, establishing shot of St. Peter's Square, montage of the new pope in his various costumes saying Mass and meeting dignitaries as the opening credits roll). I see the show on NBC, replacing another series about a sacred institution, "The West Wing."
January 21, 2010 |
On the surface, "To Save a Life" doesn't sound that different from a host of indie films -- a drama involving a teen coping with the aftermath of a student's suicide who finds solace in a group of outsiders. The film, which opens Friday, deals with myriad real-life issues facing teens such as drugs, sex and social acceptance. The plot focuses on star athlete Jake Taylor, who seemingly has it all; he has a basketball scholarship, good looks, a cheerleader girlfriend and hangs with the in-crowd.
April 13, 2011 |
Elements with the State Department are attempting to silence an American diplomat who believes he was personally charged by the White House with promoting President Obama's interfaith initiatives. The diplomat is the U.S. ambassador to Malta, Douglas Kmiec, a professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine and former dean of the law school at Catholic University of America. He served in the Office of Legal Counsel under Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush and, as a devout Catholic, for many years has been prominent in the antiabortion movement and among those arguing for a larger role for faith-based efforts in public life.
February 5, 2009 |
The Obama administration is expected today to unveil a council of religious and secular advisors that will guide decisions on faith-based programs for a broad range of domestic and foreign policy issues.
January 3, 2003 |
As part of President Bush's faith-based initiative, the government sent money from child support programs to religious and nonprofit organizations to advance the nation's child support enforcement system. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced more than $2.2 million in grants to 12 states and a variety of religious, nonprofit and tribal organizations. Among them are groups that emphasize the importance of a good marriage to a child's well-being.
December 29, 2002
The Dec. 24 commentary by Karen McCarthy Brown criticizing President Bush's faith-based initiative is yet another projection of myopia about this issue. The point of the government's involvement is to allow faith-based and small community agencies to play on equal ground with other larger, secular or public organizations to obtain support for valuable programs. California is one of the 10 "champion" states that are working diligently on a national scale, funded by the federal government through Faith and Communities Engaged in Service (FACES)
August 19, 2001 |
President Bush urged Americans on Saturday to pressure their senators to approve his proposal to help religious and other community groups seeking to provide social services historically delivered by the government. One day after John J. DiIulio Jr., head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, said he would resign, the president used his weekly radio address to promote the plan. It has been approved by the House but faces a likely battle in the Senate.