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 then newly reformed welfare legislation via executive orders intended 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.
TANF and "Charitable Choice"
Government and Religion
Poaching for The Churches
The Smaller Government Agenda
Weaning Peter to Addicting Paul
Poverty's Measure and Right Wing Causes
Other Essays and Links
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
CONSTITUTION AND RELIGION
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
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
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 "Under God" Pledge Not a Religious Test?
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]
The Pledge Protection Act, Judicial Activism, and the Rule of Law
Pledge Petition - Call for Signatures
What's in the Phrase: "Separation of Church and State"?
‘‘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
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. Gore Vidal 1998