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New Challenges for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
New Challenges for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Published: 2013/07/24
Channel: Berkley Center
White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Published: 2010/12/08
Channel: urbanawareness
Obama on the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Obama on the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Published: 2009/02/05
Channel: RH Reality Check RHRC
The Honorable Joshua DuBois, The White Office House of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
The Honorable Joshua DuBois, The White Office House of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Published: 2011/11/16
Channel: RumiForum
Obama Appoints Transgender Person to Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Obama Appoints Transgender Person to Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Published: 2016/05/26
Channel: Anthony Brian Logan
Job Creation Through Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
Job Creation Through Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships
Published: 2011/09/23
Channel: The Obama White House
Jannah Scott - President Obama
Jannah Scott - President Obama's Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative
Published: 2011/07/29
Channel: RumiForum
Working with Faith
Working with Faith
Published: 2009/02/06
Channel: The Obama White House
Joshua Du Bois: Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Joshua Du Bois: Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Published: 2014/07/09
Channel: Root Cause
Ben Sanders Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership
Ben Sanders Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership
Published: 2014/01/16
Channel: Glenn Barth
President
President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Published: 2010/04/26
Channel: NFLGonline
Having Faith in Joshua DuBois - CBN.com
Having Faith in Joshua DuBois - CBN.com
Published: 2009/08/27
Channel: The Official 700 Club
Office of "Faith-Based" initiatives
Office of "Faith-Based" initiatives
Published: 2007/11/25
Channel: FreeThought2007
Father
Father's Day Information Moment with Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships - HUD - 5/4/12
Published: 2012/05/04
Channel: HUDchannel
Executive Session of the White House Faith-Based Initiative
Executive Session of the White House Faith-Based Initiative
Published: 2014/08/05
Channel: Sagamore Institute
Obama Announces Faith-based Initiative
Obama Announces Faith-based Initiative
Published: 2009/02/05
Channel: Associated Press
Barack Obama faith based initiative proposal
Barack Obama faith based initiative proposal
Published: 2008/07/03
Channel: AntiConformist911
Ann Helmke- City of San Antonio Faith Based Initiative
Ann Helmke- City of San Antonio Faith Based Initiative
Published: 2017/07/28
Channel: The Health Collaborative
White House Hangout: Combating Human Trafficking
White House Hangout: Combating Human Trafficking
Published: 2012/09/27
Channel: The Obama White House
Faith Based Initiative
Faith Based Initiative
Published: 2015/09/02
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Faith Complex: Jacqueline Salmon on White House Faith-Based Initiatives (PART ONE)
Faith Complex: Jacqueline Salmon on White House Faith-Based Initiatives (PART ONE)
Published: 2009/11/19
Channel: Berkley Center
Faith Complex: Jacqueline Salmon on White House Faith-Based Initiatives (PART THREE)
Faith Complex: Jacqueline Salmon on White House Faith-Based Initiatives (PART THREE)
Published: 2009/11/19
Channel: Berkley Center
Bush: Faith-based Initiative Helps Heal
Bush: Faith-based Initiative Helps Heal
Published: 2008/01/29
Channel: Associated Press
Joshua DuBois on "The President
Joshua DuBois on "The President's Devotional"
Published: 2013/12/03
Channel: AL DÍA News Media
Faith, Race & Justice in America: From Obama to Trump, Joshua DuBois
Faith, Race & Justice in America: From Obama to Trump, Joshua DuBois
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: Dartmouth
faith based initiative
faith based initiative
Published: 2015/03/31
Channel: cbcommunications
Faith, the White House, and the Public Square
Faith, the White House, and the Public Square
Published: 2015/02/26
Channel: CPHatSMU
A Christian in the White House (part 1 of 2)
A Christian in the White House (part 1 of 2)
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: Jason Reynolds
#5mRF: Protecting Our Right of Conscience
#5mRF: Protecting Our Right of Conscience
Published: 2017/01/18
Channel: Newseum
#67 Faith-based Initiatives
#67 Faith-based Initiatives
Published: 2014/08/11
Channel: Liberty Magazine
Green is GOOD.  Faith Based Initiative to merge with EPA.  Partinership Government with the Church.
Green is GOOD. Faith Based Initiative to merge with EPA. Partinership Government with the Church.
Published: 2010/05/19
Channel: ilovpolitics1
Faith Based  Initiative /Social Service and Congregational  Research Part 1
Faith Based Initiative /Social Service and Congregational Research Part 1
Published: 2008/11/11
Channel: Bob Wineburg
Baltimore Faith-based Summit
Baltimore Faith-based Summit
Published: 2011/05/23
Channel: SenatorCardin
Melissa Rogers - 2014 Religious Liberty Dinner
Melissa Rogers - 2014 Religious Liberty Dinner
Published: 2014/05/07
Channel: NARLA Video
A special representative of the White House visited ICNA Relief camp in Brooklyn
A special representative of the White House visited ICNA Relief camp in Brooklyn
Published: 2012/12/02
Channel: moviz asad Siddiqi
Rev. Lynn on Faith Based Initiatives
Rev. Lynn on Faith Based Initiatives
Published: 2008/07/02
Channel: audotorg
Faith Based Initiative Launch Secretary Kerry
Faith Based Initiative Launch Secretary Kerry
Published: 2014/08/06
Channel: Michael Jerryson
Day 40
Day 40
Published: 2012/04/08
Channel: 40Days40NightsConvo
July 2017 Faith Based Initiative Meeting Emily Bowers 44m 20s
July 2017 Faith Based Initiative Meeting Emily Bowers 44m 20s
Published: 2017/07/31
Channel: MY CITI TV
American Exceptionalism & Faith Based Hegemony
American Exceptionalism & Faith Based Hegemony
Published: 2013/08/28
Channel: wordgeezer
Joshua DuBois - Part 3, Building Bridges Conference - Keynote Speech
Joshua DuBois - Part 3, Building Bridges Conference - Keynote Speech
Published: 2010/12/22
Channel: usembassyvatican
The Future of Federal Faith-Based Initiatives
The Future of Federal Faith-Based Initiatives
Published: 2014/11/18
Channel: Duke University School of Law
The launch of the OFBCI at Highgate House
The launch of the OFBCI at Highgate House
Published: 2015/02/13
Channel: Northants Police
Barack Obama on Faith Based Initiatives
Barack Obama on Faith Based Initiatives
Published: 2008/10/29
Channel: GLASSBOOTHdotORG
1. Faith-based Initiatives and Charitable Choice
1. Faith-based Initiatives and Charitable Choice
Published: 2010/01/15
Channel: NCASVideo
Faith-Based Community
Faith-Based Community
Published: 2011/05/23
Channel: MovementInitiative
CSOSA Faith Based Initiatives Overview-DC Public Safety
CSOSA Faith Based Initiatives Overview-DC Public Safety
Published: 2008/04/25
Channel: lensipes
The President
The President's Faith-Based and Community Initiatives: A Quiet Revolution in Addressing Need
Published: 2013/07/17
Channel: Berkley Center
Bush praises faith-based groups
Bush praises faith-based groups
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: AP Archive
TRUMP DRIVES CRITICS CRAZY: Eliminates Obama’s Czars…
TRUMP DRIVES CRITICS CRAZY: Eliminates Obama’s Czars…
Published: 2017/07/06
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Former White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives building on Jackson Place in Washington, D.C.

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships,[1] formerly the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) is an office within the White House Office that is part of the Executive Office of the President of the United States.

Under George W. Bush[edit]

OFBCI was established by President George W. Bush through an executive order[2] on January 29, 2001, representing one of the key domestic policies of Bush's campaign promise of "compassionate conservatism." The initiative sought to strengthen faith-based and community organizations and expand their capacity to provide federally funded social services, with the idea having been that these groups were well-situated to meet the needs of local individuals. As Texas governor, Bush had used the "Charitable Choice" provisions of the 1996 welfare reform (which allowed "faith-based" entities to compete for government contracts to deliver social services) to support the work of faith-based groups in Texas. Critical in social services (e.g., community services with health care financing) is the overall effort and effect of combined budgets and finance in these areas representing established religions in the US.

The office was briefly led by Don Willett, an aide from Bush's tenure as governor of Texas who was later appointed a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. The first person named as director of the OFBCI was John DiIulio, a University of Pennsylvania political science professor. DiIulio later left the office and became a critic of the Bush administration.

Critics of the OFBCI, including Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union, assert that it violated the Establishment Clause by using tax money to fund religion. They also argued that faith-based initiatives were used as part of electoral strategies to yield more votes for Bush and the GOP.

For fiscal year 2005, more than $2.2 billion in competitive social service grants were awarded to faith-based organizations. Between fiscal years 2003 and 2005, the total dollar amount of all grants awarded to FBOs increased by 21 percent (GAO 2006:43[3]). The majority of these grants were distributed through state agencies to local organizations in the form of formula grants (GAO 2006:17[3]).

Establishment clause issues[edit]

Faith-based organizations are eligible to participate in federally administered social service programs to the same degree as any other group, although certain restrictions on FBOs that accept government funding have been created by the White House to avoid violations of the Establishment Clause.

  • They may not use direct government funds to support inherently religious activities such as prayer, worship, religious instruction, or proselytization.
  • Any inherently religious activities that the organizations may offer must be offered separately in time or location from services that receive federal assistance.
  • FBOs cannot discriminate on the basis of religion when providing services (GAO 2006:13[3]).

Under Barack Obama[edit]

President Barack Obama greets and thanks members of the President's Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships during a drop by in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 9, 2010.

President Barack Obama renamed the office[4] and appointed Joshua DuBois as its head. He also established an advisory council for the office. The Advisory Council is composed of religious and secular leaders and scholars from different backgrounds. Each member of the Council is appointed to a one-year term. The members of the Council[5] include:

According to ABC News, the office would seek "to expand the role of this office as it relates to policy issues where religious and local leaders can be effective. DuBois will coordinate with faith-based and community organizations on social service outreach and will work to utilize these organizations' efforts to advance the administration's policies, with a primary focus on poverty."[6]

Controversies[edit]

  • The separation of church and state was noted as one of major issues with the Faith-Based Initiatives laws. Critics have claimed that millions in government grants have gone to ministries operated by political supporters of the Bush administration, or have been given to minority pastors who recently committed their support.[7][8][9][10][11]
  • In June, 2006, U.S. District Judge Robert W. Pratt ruled that a faith based-program called InnerChange at a Newton, Iowa prison, operated by Charles Colson's Prison Fellowship Ministries, unconstitutionally used tax money for a religious program that gave special privileges to inmates who accepted its evangelical Christian teachings and terms. "For all practical purposes," Judge Pratt said, "the state has literally established an Evangelical Christian congregation within the walls of one of its penal institutions, giving the leaders of that congregation, i.e., InnerChange employees, authority to control the spiritual, emotional, and physical lives of hundreds of Iowa inmates."[12] [See Americans United v. Prison Fellowship Ministries, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36970, June 2, 2006]
  • On June 25, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation that executive orders may not be challenged on Establishment Clause grounds by individuals whose sole claim to legal standing is that they are taxpayers. Both of President Bush's court appointees, John G. Roberts and Samuel Alito, sided with the majority.
  • The second head of the department, Jim Towey, in a session of "Ask the Whitehouse" dated November 26, 2003, stated in regard to a question about pagan faith-based organizations:

    "I haven't run into a pagan faith-based group yet, much less a pagan group that cares for the poor! Once you make it clear to any applicant that public money must go to public purposes and can't be used to promote ideology, the fringe groups lose interest. Helping the poor is tough work and only those with loving hearts seem drawn to it."[13]

    Pagans reacted angrily to the label "fringe group", the suggestion that pagans are uncompassionate, the idea that they would apply for funding only to promote ideology, and the exclusion of pagan organizations implicit in the statement.[14]
  • Catholic League President William A. Donohue protested against the nomination of Harry Knox, a former director of Human Rights Campaign and gay rights activist, arguing that he has been dishonest and intolerant. Knox has condemned the positions of Catholic clergy on the issues of contraception and gay ordination.[15]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White House blog: Remarks of President Barack Obama, National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, February 5, 2009
  2. ^ "President Bush Attends Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives' National Conference" (Press release). The White House. June 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  3. ^ a b c "Faith-Based and Community Initiative: Improvements in Monitoring Grantees and Measuring Performance Could Enhance Accountability" (PDF). United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). June 2006. 
  4. ^ Executive Order of Feb. 5, 2009
  5. ^ President Obama Announces Additional Members of Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. April 6, 2009.
  6. ^ ABC News: Obama Names 26-Year-Old Director of Faith-Based Office. Feb. 5, 2009.
  7. ^ The Washington Post, October 3, 2002, re Pat Robertson;
  8. ^ The New York Times, May 3, 2005, re Rev. Luis Cortez; David D. Kirkpatrick
  9. ^ The New York Times, March 30, 2006, re Bishop Sedgwick Daniels
  10. ^ Los Angeles Times, January 18, 2005, re Rev. Herb Lusk, Bishop Harold Ray
  11. ^ PBS.org Bill Moyer’s Now transcript, September 26, 2004 re Faith Partners
  12. ^ Henriques, Diana B.; Andrew Lehren (December 10, 2006). "Religion for Captive Audiences, With Taxpayers Footing the Bill". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  13. ^ Jim Towey on Ask the Whitehouse
  14. ^ Washington Post Article on Pagan reaction to Towey's statements
  15. ^ Catholic League statement

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