April 8, 2013
J. David Kuo, 44, an evangelical Christian conservative and former top official of President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative who drew wide attention when he publicly accused the administration of failing to live up to the values it espoused, died Friday in Charlotte, N.C. He was diagnosed a decade ago with brain cancer, his wife, Kimberly, said. After leaving his post as deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in 2003, Mr. Kuo became an open critic of that operation.
April 12, 2009 |
Barack Obama had been president barely two weeks when he revived one of George W. Bush's most controversial programs - a bold fusion of federal money and organized religion in service to America's downtrodden. The "faith-based initiative" funded by Washington and carried out by a sectarian "army of compassion," Bush often said, was his most important domestic creation. It outlived his administration, though with hints of change on the horizon. "There is a force for good greater than government," Obama said in naming a 26-year-old Pentecostal pastor as director of his White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
July 28, 2008 |
President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative has been a disaster. It has permitted taxpayer funding of religious groups that engage in rank forms of hiring discrimination, and it has failed to take seriously the issue of proselytism occurring on the taxpayer's dime. Religious groups, of course, have the right to discriminate with their own funds. A Catholic church, for example, does not have to hire a Baptist minister as its pastor. But when tax funds are added to the mix, the rules change dramatically.
July 6, 2008
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's announcement last week that he, like President Bush, wants government to bankroll faith-based efforts to help America's downtrodden is being written off by some as a political ploy. Let's hope not. The work that could be done is too important. Both Obama and Republican candidate John McCain have had a hard time gaining traction with evangelical Christians, whose votes could be key in several battleground states. Some polls show as many as 10 percent of Americans think Obama, whose father was a Kenyan Muslim, is also Muslim.
April 27, 2006 |
President Bush has repeatedly called supporting religious groups that help the poor "the most important domestic initiative of my presidency. " Last year, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D., N.Y.) preached in Boston that nobody "is more likely" to serve the needy than "someone who sees God at work. " Rather than continue to "have a false . . . debate about the role of faith-based institutions," she insisted, we should "provide the support that is needed on an ongoing basis. " Amen, but President Bill Clinton signed the first relevant federal law in 1996, President Bush's faith-based initiative began in 2001, and Washington still has not come close to providing "the support that is needed on an ongoing basis.
October 10, 2004 |
Today, the Editorial Board I lead takes on a job it takes quite seriously: endorsing a candidate for president of the United States. Our recommendation to you, the voter, is Democrat John F. Kerry. Let me pause to let the waves of shock wash over you . . . Obviously, anyone who has read our editorials over the last four years knows our view: George W. Bush has been a poor president. So, no, the essay on the facing page is not an upset on the order of Villanova over Georgetown in 1985.
January 16, 2004 |
President Bush placed a wreath at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s grave yesterday to a chorus of boos from hundreds of mostly African American demonstrators, who felt that Bush's policies run counter to the civil rights leader's beliefs. Bush's visit to the grave site on what would have been King's 75th birthday also bothered some African American lawmakers, who characterized the appearance as a hollow gesture. The President won only 8 percent of the black vote in 2000, and yesterday's appearance suggested it will be difficult for him to do better in 2004.
November 6, 2003 |
In a challenge to President Bush's controversial faith-based initiative, researchers reported yesterday that a three-year study found job-training clients had fared better overall with secular programs than religious ones. The Charitable Choice Research Project, the largest of its kind to date, focused on government-funded programs in Indiana, Massachusetts and North Carolina. Its results run contrary to the assertion of many religious groups and their advocates that faith-based programs are more effective than their secular counterparts.
December 27, 2002
Price too expensive for 'pay to play' politics In his Dec. 20 column ("Who pays for 'pay-to-play'? Not campaign contributors) Andrew Cassel could have gone much, much further in discussing the indirect costs/consequences of the "pay to play" culture that is so endemic in Philadelphia. What about the impact on our young people when they first realize that it's not hard work, self-responsibility, good ideas and ethical behavior that lead to success but instead success is dependent on who you know, whom you pay off, and how you play the under-the-table game?
December 13, 2002 |
PRESIDENT BUSH chose his speech in Philadelphia yesterday to whack Senate Republican leader Trent Lott for his ill-chosen remarks about Sen. Strom Thurmond's 1948 segregationist presidential campaign. "Any suggestion that the segregated past was acceptable or positive is offensive and it is wrong!" Bush told a racially diverse crowd at the Marriott hotel, generating wildly enthusiasatic aplause. "Recent comments by Senator Lott do not reflect the spirit of our country," Bush added.