Sunday, May 21, 2006

"Kingdom Coming"

I'm reading a very interesting book: "Kingdom Coming, The Rise of Christian Nationalism" by Michelle Goldberg. I quote:

"The diversion of billions of taxpayer dollars from secular social service organizations to such sectarian religious outfits has been one of the most underreported stories of the Bush presidency. Bush's faith-based initiatives have become a spoils system for evangelical ministries, which are now involved in everything from prison programs and job training to teenage pregnancy prevention, supplanting tthe safety net that was supposed to catch all Americans. As a result of faith-based grants, a growing number of government-funded social service jobs explicitly refuse to hire Jews, gay people, and other undesirables; such discrimination is defended by the administration and its surrogates in the name of religious freedom. Bringing the dispossessed to Jesus Christ has become something very close to a domestic policy goal of the United States government. And all this has happened with far less notice or public debate than attended the removal of Terri Schaivo's feeding tube or the halftime baring of Janet Jackson's breast."

Intrigued yet?

I got the book at my local Barnes and Noble. I paid $24 for it, but it was money well spent. I'm only halfway through, and I'm already appalled. Everything she says has the ring of truth.

2 Comments:

Blogger Marc Wilson said...

"...a growing number of government-funded social service jobs explicitly refuse to hire Jews, gay people, and other undesirables".
This does not sound credible. If this is actually happening, it would certainly result in a lawsuit for illegal discrimination, and would be reported in the mainstream media. Could you please give me a specific example of this.
Or are you just taking someone else's word for it, without asking for the details?

7:41 PM  
Blogger Milo Johnson said...

Perhaps you should get your news from places other than Powerline, Marc.

7:50 PM  

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