Is Bush's Faith-Based Program Headed to the Curb?
A lot has been made of the Supreme Court's review of global warming. I'm not giving the case much of a chance, but I'm also ready to be pleasantly surprised. They'd dismiss a suit against Dr. Frankenstein if the defense said that holding mad scientists responsible for what their monsters do amounts to government regulation of business. But you never know.
Another case has a better chance. It would also be a huge setback for the Bush administration and the religious right.
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to step into a dispute over the Bush administration's promotion of federal financing for faith-based charities.
The program has been a staple of President Bush's political agenda since 2001, when he created the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
The case under review grew out of a lawsuit filed by a group called the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The group claims the Bush administration violates a constitutional ban on state-supported religions by singling out particular faith-based organizations as worthy of federal funding.
The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives has been a government handout to the religious right. It's basically a bribe for support. A more honest name for the scheme might be the Office of Christianity...