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President Obama's "War on Religion"? E-mail
Written by Don Byrd   
Monday, 20 February 2012

We hear lots these days about the President's supposed "war on religion." Mother Jones magazine takes a closer look, notes the continued growth in faith-based funding, and the White House's refusal to bar religious discrimination in hiring with taxpayer dollars, and asks an important question: "What war on religion?"

Far from waging war on religious organizations, Obama has largely left in place the federal faith-based infrastructure created by President George W. Bush. He has also increased the amount of federal dollars flowing to religious groups—much to the chagrin of civil liberties and civil rights groups. They believe the administration is turning a blind eye to ongoing and egregious constitutional violations over church-state separation by religious groups receiving millions in taxpayer dollars.

"Religious organizations have greatly benefited from the Obama administration," says Amanda Knief, the government relations manager for the Secular Coalition.

I've tried to say it myself in other ways; there may be some disagreements about the kinds of safeguards necessary to protect religious liberty for all Americans but there is no war on religion, by any reasonable measure.

 
 
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