President Bush noted on June 26 at the national conference of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives that his first executive order was to establish that office. The White House program has improved relationships between the federal government and religious charities. But many people say there should be a church-state separation and that the program should be shut down. Should this program be kept by the next president?
No, it shouldn’t. I know that it sounds harmless and maybe even good that government and faith-based charities work together. But the problem has to do with who controls the purse strings, and if you have a born-again Christian running the government office that hands out the dough, chances are that that person will be more likely to give government funds to a charity whose views most closely resemble the views of the person who hands out the checks.