Rice and the pastors discussed the possibility of establishing an office of faith-based initiatives within the State Department that would direct federal funds for overseas aid to church and community groups, as similar offices have done in other Cabinet agencies.
The meeting reflected the expanding relationship between some of the country's best-known black clergy and the Bush administration -- a relationship that has been nurtured through a White House program that encourages funneling government grants to religious charities.
Illustrating the political benefit of that relationship, White House officials injected some Capitol Hill strategy into the session. They solicited support among the black pastors for controversial legislation that would allow faith-based charities in the U.S. to discriminate in hiring based on an applicant's religious beliefs -- a provision that has spurred opposition from some Democrats and civil rights groups."
Monday, May 30, 2005
This administration's use of faith-based incentives to buy enough African-American votes to dismantle civil rights era legislation is back in the limelight. The L.A. Times is running a story about the latest episode in this continuting saga. Here are a few of the more salient paragraphs:
Posted by Bruce Prescott at 8:15 AM