Speaking today at the National Press Club, Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori took a stand against the Bush doctrine of government-funded faith-based social service provision:
“The idea that faith-based groups should have special entree to government funding just makes me twitch,” said Jefferts Schori, who leads the 2.2 million-member Episcopal Church. “It makes me twitch when groups funded with public funds will only hire their own members, or use the funds to advance sectarian” views.” (RNS)
Jefferts Schori went on to say she hoped the incoming Obama adminstration would be “asking questions” about the outgoing administration’s initiative.
It will be more than a little interesting to see if this portends a liberal/mainline denominational campaign along these lines. That would indeed pose an interesting challenge for the Religious Industrial Complex. Which side are you on, guys?