Is Obama ignoring black church leaders?

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WASHINGTON (RNS) When President Obama was elected, some black pastors, fresh from a campaign that featured extensive outreach to their churches, expected meetings with the president, or at least to be enlisted as informal advisers. For better or worse, those expectations have largely fallen flat. “I think he doesn’t avail himself as fully as he […]

  • It is difficult for me to understand the pettiness of the complaint upon which this story focuses. One thing I do understand is the Office of Faith-Based Partnerships is as unconstitutional as any government decision could be. The use of coerced taxpayer money for religion in anyway whatsoever is totally unacceptable, obviously unconstitutional. A constitutional lawyer should know better. James Madison got it right from the beginning when he wrote, “Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States, the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history,” W&MQ;3:555.

    Gene Garman, author
    The Religion Commandments in the Constitution: A Primer