The annual National Prayer Breakfast was held this morning. Reading through the speeches, prayers, and proclomations which came out of this meeting, one item got my attention:
President Barack Obama said Thursday he will establish a White House office of faith-based initiatives that will show no favoritism to any religious group and adhere to the strict separation of church and state. Obama’s advisers want to be certain tax dollars sent to the faith-based social service groups are used for secular purposes, such as feeding the hungry or housing the homeless, and not for religious evangelism. The administration doesn’t want to be perceived as managing the groups yet does want transparency and accountability.
Obama pledged during the campaign to allow taxpayer-funded religious institutions to hire and fire based on religion — but only for the activities run on private funding. (link)
Also more at the White House blog
What are your thoughts on the separation of Church and State? Have we as ‘the’ Church become, over time, too dependent upon Government? An even more important question is could God be behind this push by our new President in seeking to reinstate this line separating the two? There is a move gathering momentum within Christian circles, which is lobbying for this line to be removed. Should it be?