Gerson, disarmed

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Michael Gerson, who’s sort of an unreconstructed pre-9/11 compassionate conservative, likes the Obama faith-based plan. He elides the hiring issue with this probably willfully ignorant sentence: “Obama is characteristically opaque on the issue of hiring — seeming to promise that religious parent institutions can select employees based on their beliefs, while denying this right (depending on local law) to their social service adjuncts.” (The parent institutions have always gotten to hire employees based on their beliefs. Their publicly funded service adjuncts always, pre-Bush, didn’t get to do so.) Obama has put faith-based back on the table, and the reaction thus far is right where he should want it to be.