Author Topic: Getting Scientology Removed From the faith-based initiatives  (Read 3110 times)

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    Obama expands Bush's faith-based initiatives

       United States President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he was renaming and expanding an office created by former President George W. Bush, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.    Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast.   "No matter how much money we invest or how sensibly we design our policies, the change that Americans are looking for will not come from government alone," Obama said, while announcing the new office at the National Prayer Breakfast. "There is a force for good greater than government."
    "The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another — or even religious groups over secular groups," Obama elaborated. "It will simply be to work on behalf of those organizations that want to work on behalf of our communities, and to do so without blurring the line that our founders wisely drew between church and state."
    Joshua DuBois, the 26-year-old Pentecostal minister who led the Obama campaign's religious outreach program, will direct the new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
    In an interview, DuBois said, "The President is still very much committed to clear constitutionality and legality in this program. He’s committed to nondiscrimination."
    When asked if the office would work with religious groups like the Church of Scientology, DuBois said, "There’s no picking or choosing or cherry-picking of groups. That was allowed before, but it will not be the practice moving forward."
    "President Obama has put the cart before the horse," said the American Civil Liberties Union's senior legislative counsel, Christopher Anders. "He is expanding the Bush administration's faith-based initiative without putting the most important safeguards in place. The President has created a more powerful office with a greater ability to shovel federal taxpayer dollars to religious groups, but civil-rights protections are being deferred for later study and decisions."[/list]
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    Re: Getting Scientology Removed From the faith-based initiatives
    « Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009, 22:13 »
    The Honorable Barack Obama
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    Stamps are cheap, and hand-written letters, even very short ones, get brownie-points with the clerks who read them... And you can bet the president gets at least a statistical overview of his mail.

    'til next time;
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    Re: Getting Scientology Removed From the faith-based initiatives
    « Reply #2 on: April 13, 2009, 16:15 »
    Would it hurt to remind anyone about the Citizen's Handbook for Change (or whatever it was called) that was online right before Obama was sworn in?

    One of the top ten issues citizens spoke out about and wanted Obama to address was the human rights abuses of the cult of Scientology.

    Their "religious" beliefs have never been the issue. If they were, Anonymous would be protesting the Freezone, which uses the exact same Hubbard "religious" trappings without the more abusive aspects of the Church of Scientology, such as Disconnection, Fair Game, and the RPF gulags (to name a few).

    Would it also help to point out that the cult has hundreds if not thousands of front groups that do not honestly reveal their ties to the cult, and are specifically designed to get government handouts, avoid paying taxes, and recruit vulnerable people to the cult? I'm thinking of the unscientific and harmful "drug rehab" groups like Narconon, Criminon and Second Chance, the non-peer-reviewed and ineffective "educational" groups targeted at young children, like Applied Scholastics (examining the statistically low percentage of children who go on to earn GEDs, BAs and other degrees after being raised in schools like Delphi and Apple--very few indeed--is alarming enough), groups like WISE and ABLE that target business people by imitating Tony Robbins-like techniques but offer only ineffective Hubbardian advice, and Bridge, which pushes Hubbard's crappy books on libraries (again hoping to recruit the vulnerable, as having a glossy book / audiobook on the shelf of a public library implies legitimacy) and publishes propaganda to discredit critics, and all too many more.

    The differences in how celebrities, public Scilons and staff Scilons are treated are also shocking and disturbing.
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