In his speech today on faith-based programs, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) proposed that religious groups cannot compete for government contracts unless they give up their freedom to consider religion in their hiring decisions, a radical proposal that effectively repeals Charitable Choice:
We should evaluate any policy efforts to maximize civil society and faith-based solutions by whether they move in the direction of reducing the size and scope of government and whether they help individuals escape dependence and achieve a life of independence.
Remember when President Bush challenged us as a country to get more involved in faith based organizations at the local level? When we all agreed that local faith organizations can actually meet needs more effectively due to proximity and lack of government largess?
If Barack Obama is elected, that is over. It's going to be government or nothing, that is unless some liberal faith-ish organization agrees to sell their souls to get some cash.