Just finished watching Frontline on PBS. 'The Jesus Factor.' A respectful look at how Gee Dubbya is bluring the lines between chruch and state, but it still left me shivering on the couch. They mentioned how as governor of Texas, he stepped in to call state investigators off the backs of Teen Challenge, a Christian-based drug 'n alcohol addiction program. They failed to say why Teen Challenge had been targeted by state investigators: their residency programs weren't even meeting minimum state standards for safety. (For more info, read Molly Ivan's book, Bushwhacked).
Compare this to John Kerry who told the Vatican to "get stuffed" (he was more polite about it) as the pressure mounts to refuse U.S. politicians communion if they support abortion rights. Part of that "get stuffed" statement was the importance of separating church and state.
However, at least Frontline pointed out that all that money Bushie is pumping into faith-based initiatives have almost exclusively gone to Christian organizations. Not one non-Christian organization has received money despite applications. Plus, Ashcroft...*shudder*...and the sheer arogance in deciding that people against the U.S. are evil and god is on our side. Abe Lincoln must be rolling in his grave to see what his political party has come to.
And I'm sorry. I went to a Roman Catholic school. And the nuns, priests, hell, every religious-type person was very much against school vouchers and government funding for faith-based programs because:
1) Separation of church and state (this was a biggie)
2) If you take money from the government, then the government is within 100% of its rights to make you follow regulations you might not be hyped about following
Even so, Catholic schools are subjected to certain regulations as it relates to educational standards and there's no issue with that (or there wasn't) since the nuns thought it right and proper. Although, I gotta admit, these nuns were the kind of nuns that thought, on the whole, that Creationism was a pretty dumb ass idea and that the "young earth" theory should be taken out and shot like a rabid dog.
Heh. I gotta admit, those nuns did teach me how to think.
The second the credits rolled, I went and signed on the Kerry Campaign (http://www.johnkerry.com/ ) as a volunteer. Don't know what I'm gonna do yet, and it ain't like Kerry won't win Massachusetts, but damn it! I feel like I gotta do something more than vote for ABB (Anyone But Bush).
Dear god, I found my issue this election: keep your church out of my damn government.
Oh, gaaked from the Straight Dope (http://www.straightdope.com) Great Debates thread on the message board. AOL's got a "Presidential Match" generator where you answer questions and they tell you which candidates fall in line with your beliefs. Check it out here: http://www.presidentmatch.com/Main.jsp2?cp=main
In the interests of openness, this is what I got:
79% Dennis Kucinich
78% John Kerry
14% George Bush (the hell! how?)
Anyways...now that I'm done with my political rant for the week, a new Living History part. They're at the cemetery. YAY!
Observant!Faith! meets Creepy!Observant!Xander!
As someone on my test list pointed out: Poor Faith. Xander makes a comment like that while he's standing behind her, in the dark, on a steep set of stairs. They pick the damndest times to take a stab at honesty with one another, don't they? (Me: *HEEEEEE!*)
( Part 50: Voices in the DarkCollapse )