Faith-Based Office: No Bully Pulpit

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On November 9–that’s almost four weeks ago–the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (OFANP) inaugurated a blog, whose initial post from Director Joshua DuBois announced:

In the coming days, you can expect this blog to:

    • Provide more information about the day-to-day work of the White House Office and Centers at Federal agencies;
    • Highlight the latest work of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships;
    • Point nonprofits to federal resources that can help them implement effective programs; and
    • Spotlight innovative local organizations that are strengthening our communities

I’m looking forward to using this blog to communicate important information to local organizations and community leaders.

Since then, there have been a handful of posts having to do with meetings of the OFANP Advisory Council, HHS’s flu program and celebration of National Adoption Day, and a USDA hunger program. But not a peep about health reform.

OK, so OFANP is supposed to be about non-controversial Good Things. No mucking around with that pesky faith-based hiring issue, for example. And yes, let Congress take the lead in negotiating the grubby programmatic details. But the White House should be taking charge of making the moral case for covering the uninsured, for doing the right thing for those overwhelmed by health care costs. Can’t OFANP show a little faith-based initiative here?