So-called “Reverend” Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State is displeased with President Obama’s recent executive order regarding publicly funded faith-based organizations.
The order requires federal agencies to offer alternatives to faith-based organizations in the dispensing of social services. Translation: more unnecessary government spending. If ministries and churches are able to carry the weight, why bring in government bureaucracy or spend more money finding secular organizations willing to help?
But what got Lynn really upset is that religious organizations accepting federal funding are allowed to be, well, religious.
The AU website comments that they are “disappointed that the order allows public funds to go directly to houses of worship, allows publicly funded faith-based charities to display religious signs and scriptures and entirely dodges the issue of religious hiring bias by faith-based charities that receive federal funds.”
Yes, you read it correctly. Lynn and his pseudo-Christian counterparts want Christian churches or ministries that give food to the poor, clothing to the naked, medicine to the sick, homes for orphaned children and abused mothers, and adoption services to take down symbols of what inspires them to be charitable in the first place: their faith.
Aside from the unconstitutionality of the proposal, wouldn’t that be counterproductive as well?