The November 26th update of “Ask the White House” over at the official White House homepage was handled by Jim Towey, the Director of the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. The focus for this particular update was, naturally enough, Thanksgiving and among the list of over two dozen questions was the following along with Jim’s response:
Colby, from Centralia MO writes:
Do you feel that Pagan faith based groups should be given the same considerations as any other group that seeks aid?
I haven’t run into a pagan faith-based group yet, much less a pagan group that cares for the poor! Once you make it clear to any applicant that public money must go to public purposes and can’t be used to promote ideology, the fringe groups lose interest. Helping the poor is tough work and only those with loving hearts seem drawn to it.
Seems there must be something in the air this time of year that makes politicians prone to insulting non-Christians and engaging in promoting stereotypes. Now Pagans are a “fringe” group who don’t have loving hearts, or at least not loving enough to give a shit about the poor and we know this is true because an official of the White House says so!
Yes, this whole faith-based initiative thing sounds like it’ll be completely non-biased and open to any group!