Looks like The ShrubTM is asking the Justice Department to get off it’s ass and move forward with his decree from a year ago to make religious charities eligible for Federal grants.
“At the President’s direction, the Department of Justice (news – web sites) took action to finalize regulations that implement President Bush’s policy of ending discrimination against faith-based charities in the Federal grants process,” it said in a statement.
The move applies to 3.7 billion dollars, including programs to support victims of crime, the prevention of child victimization, and safe schools, the White House said.
Bush decided one year ago to implement by decree some elements of his controversial “faith-based initiative,” which aims to steer funds to religious charities, eroding the traditional separation between church and state.
“This country must not fear the influence of faith in the future of this country. We must welcome faith in order to make America a better place,” said the president, who is a regular church-goer.
I don’t fear the influence of faith in the future of this country, what I fear is a President who decides to implement programs which violate the establishment clause by Presidential decree when he can’t get what he wants from Congress. I also fear a Justice Department that appears willing to be complicit in the dismantling of the Bill of Rights.