I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America - and to the Constitution for  which it stands, - one Nation indivisible, with Equality, Liberty, and Justice for all. 

Background   

Faith-Based Welfare Reform 
- A Constitutional Crises -

Website Established March 2002  

          Welfare reform was one of the centerpieces of President Bush’s domestic agenda from the onset of his administration.   This was evident in his exploitation of reformed welfare legislation via executive orders designed to expedite the placement of taxpayer money in the hands of “faith-based” charity organizations.  Bush's aim was to  liberally empower religious charities with the authority to administer government funded welfare programs.   Contrary to expectations created by his 2008 campaign promises, President Obama has left Bush's executive orders virtually untouched and actually expanded government entanglement with these faith-based entities.

          The probable long run impacts of "faith-based" participation in government funded welfare makes the underlying legislation some of the most provocative ever enacted.   In this writer's opinion, the legislation is economically and culturally irresponsible as well as being Constitutionally anarchistic.  The American public needs to carefully visit the issues and arrive at an informed  judgment about the present and future course of welfare reform in this nation.  The following narrative, associated reference links, and notes have been compiled in the service of that end.                                  .  

Part One                                                                  
Welfare Reform                                                                                         
 
TANF and "Charitable Choice"                              
Part Two
Government and Religion                  
                                     
Poaching for The Churches                                                                                          
Part Three                                                                                                     
The Smaller Government Agenda                                                                  
 
Weaning Peter to Addicting Paul                          
Poverty's Measure and Right Wing Causes             

‘‘What has happened once in six thousand years may never happen again. 
Hold on to your Constitution, for if the American Constitution 
shall fail there will be anarchy throughout the world.’’
Daniel Webster  1782-1852

 

Other Essays and Links

 

EVOLUTION SCIENCE AND RELIGION  

Evolution and Religion in America from an Agnostic Perspective

Intelligent Design and Scientific Theory - What About the Designer?

Evolution and Intelligent Design - Sociological Notes

THE CONSTITUTION AND RELIGION

Supreme Court and the Ten Commandments - The Unfulfilled Imperative

Justice Scalia's Confusion

The "Oath" and Concessions to Ceremonial Biblicalism 
"In God We Trust" Litigation
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE CONTROVERSY

The "Under God" Pledge Not a Religious Test?

A Petition for Redress of Grievances  
Part 1  -  Petition in Progress
Part 2  - Justice Department Appeal - Overview
Part 3  - Justice Department Appeal - Particulars
Part 4  - Summary and Conclusions


The Pledge and the Law  - 2005
Part 1  [Background - Constitution & Religion - Wall of Separation Metaphor - Monarchy & Theocracy - Biblicalism, Deism, & Natural Law]
Part 2  [Declaration of Independence - Constitution & Revolution - Acknowledgment & Solemnization - Judicial Invocation - Judicial Oath - So Help You God?]
Part 3  [Morality Monopoly - Heritage Monopoly - Vatican & Pledge - Pillar of America - How About the Teachers?]
Part 4  [Thanks Giving - E Pluribus Unum - Star Spangled Banner - The Solicitor General's Brief]
Part 5  [Concluding Observations]
References

 

The Pledge Protection Act, Judicial Activism, and the Rule of Law


Pledge Petition - Call for Signatures

FAITH-BASED POLITICS  
   

What's in the Phrase: "Separation of Church and State"?
School Vouchers
Lifestyle Politics

PALESTINE-ISRAEL CONFLICT

International Justice Not Glen Beck Political Dogma

OTHER

The Epic of Noah: A Partly Factual Fiction

REFERENCE LINKS

ARCHIVES

 


James Madison  


  John Adams

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Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Paine


The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal--God is the Omnipotent Father--hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates. The sky-god is a jealous god, of course. He requires total obedience from everyone on earth, as he is not just in place for one tribe, but for all creation. Those who would reject him must be converted or killed for their own good. Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose. Any movement of a liberal nature endangers his authority and those of his delegates on earth. One God, one King, one Pope, one master in the factory, one father-leader in the family at home.    Gore Vidal 1998                       

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