MY YDN piece ( a response in part to this one) today on Director of Faith-Based Initiatives Jim Towey's visit to Yale and his boss' agenda in Congress here: On the same day Towey was at Yale touting the constitutionality and compassion of the administration's agenda, the administration's allies in the right-wing lobby Focus on the Family sent out an activist alert warning that if proposed amendments to H.R. 3030 passed, "Christian charities interested in accepting federal funds would be required to ignore religious conviction in hiring -- even if potential employees practiced Islam, Judaism or no religion at all." Behind Bush's pluralistic rhetoric is a move to deny equal protection to people of all religious, racial and sexual identities seeking government-subsidized jobs by suspending for faith-based charities the expectations to which other organizations are held.


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