Thursday, July 31, 2008

Research at MIT a Breakthrough in Green Energy

Daniel Nocera, a chemist at MIT, has made a breakthrough discovery for green energy. Mimicing the way photosynthesis works in plants, he has discovered an inexpensive way to store solar energy for use when the sun is not shining. Here's a quote:
He said the discovery could have major implications for the uptake of solar photovoltaic technology. One of the reasons, he said, why solar panels have not penetrated the consumer market properly is that no one has found a way to store energy in a way that, when the Sun is not shining, people still have electricity. "You can't think about an energy economy or a global energy system only when the sun is out."

Batteries could do the job but they cannot store anywhere near as much energy per unit mass as chemical fuels. Nocera's technique would allow the storage of excess energy from sunlight during the daytime. "You could imagine, during the day you have a photovoltaic cell, you take some of that electricity and use it in your house, then take the other part of that electricity for my catalyst, feed the catalyst water and you get hydrogen and oxygen."

At night, the hydrogen and oxygen could be recombined in a fuel cell to produce an electrical current to power a home or recharge an electric car. "So I've made your house a gas station and a power station. It's all enabled because we can use light plus water to make a chemical fuel, which is hydrogen and oxygen."

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Countdown to Armageddon

Raw Story is reporting that Democratic Presidential nominee Barak Obama advised Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives that "Israel may strike Iran if sanctions on the country fail to prevent development of nuclear technology."

Today's New York Times reports that Ayatollah Khamenei adamantly insists that Iran will continue to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The only effective way to end Iranian nuclear development is to use tactical nuclear weapons with fallout that might endanger up to 70 million Iranians. The New York Times has already published an essay advocating that.

Scott Ritter, former U.N Weapons inspector, says the U.S. is already engaged in a covert war with Iran.

Obviously, this administration and the current Israeli administration are going to beat the war drums until they usher in Armageddon. It looks to me that the only question left unanswered is whether Israel will make their "preventive" strike before or after the U.S. election.

World War II also involved "preventive" strikes. When Adolf Hitler did it the world was appalled. It was condemned as "the supreme crime" at Nuremberg. Today it seems to be standard operating procedure.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"The Wire" Broke the Emmy's Formula

Seth Gilliam, one of the stars of "The Wire" television series, explains why the cast and crew of the program have turned their backs on the Emmy Awards. The series has been widely recognized by critics and one of the best TV series of all time, but failed to secure any Emmy Awards. Gilliam explains why:
Gilliam put the lack of recognition down to the show not being sexy enough. "It's a show about a blue collar town," he said. "It's not very flashy and glamorous."

"There aren't a lot of shootings in every episode and there isn't a lot of flesh and nipples," he added.
When will the entertainment industry learn that people are looking for more than sex and violence?

Friday, July 25, 2008

On Project Ruth in Bucharest, Romania


On my recent trip to Romania, we visited Project Ruth in Bucharest, Romania. Project Ruth ministers to Gypsys in Romania. The new building below houses a medical clinic and a school.


Pictured below are CBF Missionary Susan Craig and CBF Oklahoma Coordinator T Thomas standing in front of the Ruth School's first building. T Thomas was involved in starting the Ruth Project.


The Ruth Project is funded entirely by donations. They are looking for people to sponsor a gypsy child by providing $30.00 a month for the child to receive a daily meal and an education. Here's a link to further information about sponsoring children. Pictured below is a Gypsy mother with a child she brought to the medical clinic while we were visiting.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Turmoil at Baylor Again

The Baptist Standard is reporting that the Board of Regents at Baylor University have fired President John Lilley.

Here's a link to yesterday's Waco Tribune Herald story and a link to today's Waco Tribune Herald story.

Here's a link to the media report from Baylor University.

Here's a link to the Baptist Standard story.

Here's a link to the Dallas Morning News story.
Here's a link to Christianity Today's story.
Here's a link to Big Daddy Weave's blog (Aaron Weaver)
Here's a link to the Baptists Today blog (Johnny Pierce).
Here's a link to the Dallas Morning News blog.
Here's a link to Marv Knox's blog (Editor of the Baptist Standard).
Here's a link to the Associated Baptist Press report (same as the Baptist Standard).
You can find the Associated Press report at the Houston Chronicle. I (don't link to AP stories any more)
Here's a link to the Baylor Lariat story.

Here's a link to the Discussion Forums and BaptistLife.com

What Would Jesus Carry?

Sally Kern, the Oklahoma State Representative who thinks that homosexuals are worse than terrorists, is also a pistol packing preacher's wife. Yesterday this wife of a Southern Baptist minister was caught trying to enter the state capitol with a pistol in her purse.

Kern has a permit to carry a gun, but weapons are not permitted in the state capitol.

No one checked to see if her Bible has been revised to have Jesus say, "Take up your pistol and follow me."

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Blind Salamanders and Unintelligent Design

Christopher Hitchens has posted a thought-provoking essay on Slate about "Losing Sight of Progress." He discusses how salamanders living in subterranean caverns are born with eyes that cannot see. Then he uses this fact to deconstruct faith in "creation science" and "intelligent design." Hitchens shared this insight with Richard Dawkins and received this response:
Vestigial eyes, for example, are clear evidence that these cave salamanders must have had ancestors who were different from them—had eyes, in this case. That is evolution. Why on earth would God create a salamander with vestiges of eyes? If he wanted to create blind salamanders, why not just create blind salamanders? Why give them dummy eyes that don't work and that look as though they were inherited from sighted ancestors?
Hitchens and Dawkins have got a point. I doubt that either creation scientists or intelligent designers can make a satisfactory response to this.

I believe in a creator, but find abhorrent theories like "creation science" and "intelligent design" which prescribe that creation necessarily requires supernatural interventions. All such prescriptions conceal attempts to make both science and God conform to the theorists conception of scriptural hermeneutics.

The Infinite is free to create all the processes of the finite order to accomplish the purposes of Eternity. There's little need for a conflict of interpretations between faith and science. There is much need for a faith that knows how to appropriate the truth that science discovers.

It seems to me that blind salamanders are a good illustration of the folly of prefering darkness to light (John 3:19). These salamanders turned from the light and bred in darkness until they became blind. They thereby condemned their children to live in a very small, dark and confined world -- more like a prison than like the free ranging, wide open spaces of the world above ground.

I suspect that safety and homeland security were on the minds of those first salamanders that fell into their cave. They must have been frightened into that cave by some threat that towered over them. Who can blame them if they found it too traumatizing to climb back to daylight and face the world with their eyes wide open?

If they stayed in the cave until they grew accustomed to their cramped quarters and then went blind, at least they never had to face the terrors they met in the daylight.

And those vestigal blind eyes do have a purpose. They serve as a constant reminder that their progeny will never know what it was like to live in the light.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Butcher of Bosnia Arrested


Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnia Serb leader who laid seige to Sarajevo and has been wanted for war crimes for twelve years, has been arrested.

Pictured above is one of the many cemetaries for the victims of Karadzic's ethnic cleansing campaign in Sarajevo. So many people died during the 1992-1995 civil war that cemetaries are scattered all over the city of Sarajevo, including some of the skirts and underpass edges of the freeways. Every village and town in Bosnia-Herzegovina has graveyards full of graves from that time. 300,000 people are reported to have perished in this time.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

On the Gulen School in Sarajevo


On my recent visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina with the Institute of Interfaith Dialog we visited the Gulen inspired school in Sarajevo. The building above is the new school building that is scheduled to open in September.

According to our guide, the school itself began in the middle of the Balkan civil war (1992-1995) while Sarajevo was under siege. Seven men from Turkey, inspired by the teachings and Fetulah Gulen, entered Sarajevo through the tunnel (middle picture) under the airport that Bosnian Muslims dug to provide food, medical supplies, weapons and ammunition to the residents of Sarajevo while they were under bombardment and sniper attacks from the Serbian army.


According to our guide, the seven Turks did not enter the city with any weapons. Their only desire was to help the children that were beseiged, suffering, and orphaned by giving them a modern education. Pictured below on the left is one of the original seven men who started the school (unfortunately, I lost my record of his name), in the center is our guide, Ahmed, and on the right is David Goin, superintendant of the Public Schools in Edmond, Oklahoma.


Today, the Gulen school is the only school in the city that is fully integrated. Public schools keep children segregated by teaching the Muslim and Christian students at different hours of the day.

U.S. Court Issues Ruling Favorable to Fetulah Gulen


Todays Zaman is reporting that a U.S. Federal Court has ruled that the Bush administration improperly rejected Fetulah Gulen's application toward permanent residence in the United States. The court ordered the government to reverse the decision.

Fetulah Gulen is a prominent Turkish religious scholar who promotes a moderate Sufi form of Islam that works for world peace by emphasizing respectful dialogue between persons of different faiths. Gulen also inspired the creation of hundreds of schools that emphasize educational excellence. The schools are placing students in prestigious universities around the world.

Immigration made a serious mistake when it rejected Gulen's application for permanent residence. Hopefully, his application will be quickly approved by the Department of Justice and Homeland Security.

Gulen has been building bridges of understanding between Muslims and Christians and making internationally significant contributions to world peace. All Americans should be interested in affirming the growth of moderate Islam as opposed to the extremist forms that receive so much attention from the media.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Vestal Mimics Southern Baptists

Daniel Vestal, Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, issued a statement recently that indicated he agreed with Southern Baptist reports that criticized the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for promoting "heresy." The reports were about statements that questioned the traditional understanding of the divinity of Christ at a General Assembly workshop. The statements were made by John Killinger, a workshop speaker who is not a Baptist.

James Smith, editor of a Southern Baptist newspaper, accused CBF of promoting heresy and declared that "the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is no longer truly Christian."

Responding to Smith's criticism, Vestal apologized for giving Killinger a "platform at the general assembly" and said "If we had known then what we know now about his Christology, he would not have been invited." He promised to "do more due diligence in the future." Apparently, Vestal envisions CBF creating some process or procedure for examining and approving the theological orthodoxy of all future speakers at General Assembly workshops.

If we are going to start acting like Southern Baptists, why don't we just fold up our tent and go back to the loving arms of the SBC? Southern Baptists are notorious for refusing to discuss theology with anyone who gives voice to an opinion contrary to their version of orthodoxy.

I, for one, am weary of CBF being more concerned about its reputation among Southern Baptists than about its reputation among the peoples with whom we must share the gospel. I don't agree with Killinger's low Christology any more than Vestal does, but Killinger is expressing opinions that are prevalent in our society. We have a moral and theological obligation to be in dialogue with those who differ from us in order to learn how to more effectively give account of the hope that we have within us (1 Peter 3:15). We will never be able to do that unless we are exposed to the best and brightest minds that differ from us.

If you want a church with paternalistic leaders who will give you a second-hand heirloom faith and then shelter you from the doubts and questions of dissenters, you are looking for the Southern Baptist Convention.

Cooperative Baptists prefer to assume personal responsibility for our own faith and we are not afraid to face the questions and doubts that come from exposure to contrary opinions.

Should Karl Rove Be in Jail?



California Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez of California thinks former White House operative Karl Rove should go to jail. Rove refuses to appear before the House Judiciary subcommittee and testify about his involvement in the corruption of the justice department. Sanchez, the Chairperson of the House Judiciary subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, wants to have Rove jailed for contempt of congress. Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley says Rove's actions display "an almost mocking level of contempt."

The 3 1/2 minute video linked above was produced by Robert Greenwald. He summarizes the reasons why Karl Rove should either testify under oath before Congress or else be jailed. Here's a link to a website where those interested can add their name to a petition requesting that Congress hold Rove in contempt.

Petitions like this would not be necessary if evangelical leaders like James Dobson and Richard Land had not become the Bush administration's most loyal lapdogs. If anyone with clout on the political right had the moral integrity to break ranks with Bush and Cheney, Rove would already be behind bars.

Ten years ago Dobson and Land were screaming bloody murder about the need to uphold the rule of law and impeach a president for lying under oath about a private indiscretion. Today their uninterrupted silence in the face of Rove's "mocking contempt" for the rule of law provides a convenient fig leaf of popular support for this administration's serial criminality.

On The Great Deflation

William Greider, author of The Soul of Capitalism, pens some sobering words in an essay about our current financial crisis.  Here's a quote:

We are witnessing a momentous event -- the great deflation of Wall Street -- and it is far from over. The crash of IndyMac is just the beginning. More banks will fail, so will many more debtors. The crisis has the potential to transform American politics because, first it destroys a generation of ideological bromides about free markets, and, second, because it makes visible the ugly power realities of our deformed democracy. Democrats and Republicans are bipartisan in this crisis because they have colluded all along over thirty years in creating the unregulated financial system and mammoth mega-banks that produced the phony valuations and deceitful assurances. The federal government protects the most powerful interests from the consequences of their plundering. It prescribes "market justice" for everyone else.
His entire essay deserves a thoughtful reading. Here's a link.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

1463 Treaty Between Ottoman Sultan and Bosnian Christians


One of our visits on our trip to Bosnia-Hersegovina was to the mosque at the village of Milodraza. The mosque is in the process of building a monument to memorialize a treaty that is among the oldest decrees to grant religious liberty. Here's what is written on the temporary memorial that they have erected at the site:



AHDNAMA OF THE SULTAN MEHMED II EL FATIH
MEHMET THE SON OF MURAT-KHAN, ALWAYS VICTORIOUS!

THE COMMAND OF THE HONORABLE, SUBLIME SULTAN'S SIGN AND SHINING SEAL OF THE CONQUEROR OF THE WORLD IS AS FOLLOWS:

I. THE SULTAN MEHMET - KHAN INFORM ALL THE WORLD THAT THE ONES WHO POSSESS THIS IMPERIAL EDICT, THE BOSNIAN FRANCISCANS, HAVE GOT INTO MY GOOD GRACES, SO I COMMAND:

LET NOBODY BOTHER OR DISTURB THOSE WHO ARE MENTIONED, NOT THEIR CHURCHES. LET THEM DWELL IN PEACE IN MY EMPIRE. AND LET THOSE WHO HAVE BECOME REFUGEES BE AND SAFE. LET THEM RETURN AND LET THEM SETTLE DOWN THEIR MONASTERIES WITHOUT FEAR IN ALL THE COUNTRIES OF MY EMPIRE.

NEITHER MY ROYAL HIGHNESS, NOR MY VIZIERS OR EMPLOYEES, NOR MY SERVANTS, NOR ANY OF THE CITIZENS OF MY EMPIRE SHALL INSULT OR DISTURB THEM. LET NOBODY ATTACK INSULT OR ENDANGER NEITHER THEIR LIFE OR THEIR PROPERTY OR THE PROPERTY OF THEIR CHURCH. EVEN IF THEY BRING SOMEBODY FROM ABROAD INTO MY COUNTRY, THEY ARE ALLOWED TO DO SO.

AS, THUS, I HAVE GRACIOUSLY ISSUED THIS IMPERIAL EDICT, HEREBY TAKE MY GREAT OATH.

IN THE NAME OF THE CREATOR OF THE EARTH AND HEAVEN, THE ONE WHO FEEDS ALL CREATURES, AND IN THE NAME OF THE SEVEN MUSTAFAS AND OUR GREAT MESSENGER, AND IN THE NAME OF THE SWORD I PUT, NOBODY SHALL DO CONTRARY TO WHAT HAS BEEN WRITTEN, AS LONG AS THEY ARE OBEDIENT AND FAITHFUL TO MY COMMAND.

This ahdnama (treaty) which brings independence and tolerance to the ones who are from another religion, belief and race, is written by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, after the conquest of Bosnia-Herzogovina, in May 28, 1463. The origin of the ahdnama is at the Franciscan Catholic Church in Foznica, in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The edict issued the Sultan Mehmed II El Fatih to protect the basic rights of the Bosnian people when he conquered them in 1463. The original edict is still kept in the Franciscan Monastery in the vicinity of Foznica. The ahdnama of Fatih Sultan Mehmet, oldest human right declaration known in history, written in 1463. It was announced 326 years before the 1789 French Revolution, 485 years before the International Human Rights Declaration.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Memorial for Victims of the Ahmici Massacre

On April 16, 1995 scores of Bosnian Muslims were burned alive by Croatians in what has come to be known as the Ahmici Massacre. The Institute of Interfaith Dialog recently took a group of Oklahomans to Bosnia-Herzegovina to visit the memorials there to the victims of ethnic and religious cleansing. I was among that group.

Pictured above is the memorial to the victims on the Ahmici Massacre that stands beside the reconstructed mosque of the village (pictured below). The original minaret was destroyed by explosives and the mosque was torched with many of the victims inside. Here's a description of the crimes against humanity at Ahmici:

Other bodies were found in the houses so badly charred they could not be identified and in positions suggesting that they had been burned alive 855 . The victims included many women and children 856 . The British UNPROFOR battalion reported that: "SoCf the 89 bodies which have been recovered from the village, most are those of elderly people, women, children and infants" 857 . An ECMM observer said he had seen the bodies of children who, from their position, seemed to have died in agony in the flames: "some of the houses were absolute scenes of horror, because not only were the people dead, but there were those who were burned and obviously some had been - - according to what the monitors said, they had been burned with flame launchers, which had charred the bodies and this was the case of several of the bodies" 858 .



Words cannot express the sorrow and shame I feel as a Christian when I visit sites like this.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Most Popular Posts

I'll be out of the office and away from my computer for the next couple weeks. So, I've compiled a list of the most popular posts on this weblog for the years 2004-2007.

Anyone who is looking for something to read, should find something here:

2004
SBC Takeover Leaders and the CNP
On Religious Values
On the Ethics of Stem Cells
Faith-based Initiatives: Easy Money and Loose Accountability
On Baptist Identity
Fundamentalist Batting Percentages
SBC Hardwiring to GOP Exposed
Christmas with Mustang’s Angry Christians
Better Off in 2004?
Did the Nazi’s Separate Church and State?
America’s First Prophetic Voice
On Tacitly Established Religion

2005
On Chemical Sector Security
Baptist Ministers and Social Security
Conscience and the ‘Twilight Zone’
Lies, Darn Lies, and Southern Baptist Statistics
Inhofe’s Hoaxes
Regarding the Schiavo Case
Dominionism and the Old South
No Room for Personal Truth
Baptists Abandoning the Cooperative Program
Baptists Overcoming Geographical Divisions
Dominionist Takeover Strategy
On Southern Baptists’ Irresponsible God
Evangelical Quiz for Political Candidates
Broken Pendulums Don’t Swing
On Massive Impeachments
On Baptist Hate-Mongering
On Ecclesiological Fundamentalism
Politicizing Church Discipline
Will Courts Decide ‘Mainstream’ Religion?
Speakin’ and Writin’ ‘bout Theocracy
Southern Baptists for Blasphemy
On Being Wary When Left and Right Meet
Mohler Against Public Schools
On Churches and Political Organizing
What Baptist Pendulum?
SBC Encourages Gay-bashing in Public Schools
The War Denomination
Neocons: A Guild of Lying Philosophers
Debating Pluralism
Village Voice Cites Blog
On Suicide Bombings
Evangelicals as Military Chaplains
Meeting with Arun Gandhi
On Science and Prayer
On Loving Enemies
Hal Lindsay Issues Ultimatum to Muslims
On Rebellions of Conscience and Good Sense
Shame on Dobson
Dobson is Shameless
What Moral Authority?
Christian Love or Self Interest?
Mohler’s Inconsistent Hermeneutic
The “Ph”undamentalism of “F”onics
Sutton’s Delusions
On Being Citizens of God’s Kingdom
God’s Logic
For All the Saints Marking Time Around New Orleans
On Reducing God to a 4% Gap
Live from Fort Worth
Paul Pressler on the First Amendment
Teens and Oral Sex
Bush is Taxing My Grandchildren
On Southern Baptist Relations With Jews
SBC Suffers Under a Toxic Flood of Fundamentalism
Repealing One Civil Right at a Time
Renewing Debate Over Lite Theocracy
DNA and Intelligent Design
On Just War Theorizing
On Raising the Minimum Wage
On Free Markets for Ideas
Bush’s Theological Trump Card
Oklahoma Light and Darkness
Reconstructing Alabama
An Era of Evangelical Barbarity
On Dark and Vain Glorious Christopher Columbus
Baptist Fighting Ends in North Carolina
Southern Baptists and the Error of Inerrancy
On Comments
Robertson Says Dover Deserves Divine Retribution
Falwell Cancels Trip to Oklahoma
On America’s Greatness
On the SBC and Christian Reconstructionism
The Road to Dominionism
Jerry Falwell’s Select List of Christmas “Foes”
Regarding the So-called “War Against Christmas”
Church and State In Nazi Germany
Rediscovering the Real America
Tis the Season for Religious Bullies
On Eschatology and Politics
Silence of the Sheep Herder
Southern Baptists and Intelligent Design

2006
Whatever Became of Bill Gothard?
Reviving the Dark Ages
Baptist Communitarians Respond to Underwood
Problems With Baptist Communitarianism
On the Air Force and Spiritual Rape
On Driesbach’s Jefferson
Southern Baptists on the Council for National Policy
On Francis Schaeffer’s Christian Manifesto
Scarborough’s Vision for America
Bill Bright and the Rise of the Religious Right
Franklin Graham and Pat Robertson the Warmongers
Chaplains Should Practice the Golden Rule
The Voice of Children Suffering
Jimmy Carter Calls Baptists Together
Haunting Video
Southern Baptists Organizing for Dominion in Europe
Oklahoma’s Monument to American Theocracy
Goldberg’s Guide for the Perplexed
On Being a “Red Letter’ Christian
On Prayer and Conscience
The Founding Fathers and Baptists
Nash Reaffirms Baptist Conscience
Payday Someday
Another Dirty Little Secret
Fundamentalist vs. Progressivist Conscience
Mohler’s Rationale for Male Supremecism
What is Progressive Faith?
Regarding Religious Intolerance in Public Schools
Richard Land as Heir to Torquemada
Hobby Lobby and Wall Builders

Sorry, it looks like I skipped several months in 2006.

2007
Land Responds to Balmer
Mohler at Center of Gay-Baby Controversy
A Reconstructionist Takeover Video
Paul Pressler’s Contribution to Reconstructionism
On Reconstructionism and Dominionism
The SBC and the CNP
Southern Baptists, Reconstructionists and Education
On Public Schools Teaching the Bible
Storm Clouds Gathering Over America
Regarding Registering Abuse
A Life Changing Experience
America’s Morally Deficient Intellectuals
On Unaccountable Leaders
Land Offers Half-Baked Theocracy
Kindred Spirits: Paige Patterson and Alberto Gonzalez
On the SBC’s Domesticated God
Will Right-wing Politics Save America?
On America’s “Criminal” Foreign Policy Toward Palestinians
What Does the Rift Between Conservatives and Fundamentalists in the SBC Mean?
Roger Williams and Women’s Liberation
The Cure for Sagging Pants
Frank Page on Endorsing Political Candidates
Why Celebrate?
The Kurds are Odd Men Out in Iraq
Barak Obama on the Separation of Church and State
Can a Mormon Be President?
On the Divisiveness of Civil Religion
Knot-headed Neocons Never Learn
Judge White’s Canticle to American Theocracy
Norman Bill of Rights Project
On Religious Podcasting
Laundering Money for Select Oklahoma Churches
Whom Do Military Chaplains Serve?
Strategic Stewardship
Regarding the Holy Vote
Must Little Girls Be Incubators?
Oklahoma Representatives Make Religious Bigotry Official
Rally to Support SCHIP
How Does God Speak in Interfaith America?
Pathological Mendacity
Memo to Barry Lynn
Gothard, Huckabee and the SBC
Neo-conservative Values and the Death of Democracy

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Obama Skates on Thin Ice with his Faith-based Partnerships

Advance information about the content of Barack Obama's speech this afternoon is springing up all over the internet. He will be speaking about his plans for "Partnerting with Communities of Faith."

It looks like Obama is trying to reinforce and expand policies that were in place for 501(c)3 religious non-profits before the Bush administration relaxed standards and doled money out to churches and charities to drum up political support in minority communities.

I predict that conservative evangelicals will resent the prominence Obama will give to Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Services. Evangelicals will perceive that they are being marginalized and that mainline churches are being promoted -- at taxpayer expense. It will simply be a different form of religion being blessed by the President in the public square.

In my opinion, any politician promoting faith-based initiatives or "partnerships" is skating on thin ice. Governments have no business trying to use religion as an instrument of social policy. Churches have no business becoming tools of the government.

(Thanks to The JED Report for posting Obama's campaign fact sheet.)