Kiss Those Social Programs Goodbye …

Alright, students. Please take out your right-wing rhetoric glossaries and prepare to make a new entry: ‘Faith-based initiatives‘ (a/k/a ‘FBI’). That means taking your tax dollars and giving them directly to religious organizations. That means absolving the government of responsibility for social programs. That means inextricably linking church and state. That means the principle of separation of church and state is out the door. One of our most basic freedoms — indeed, the freedom that was the primary reason that our nation was established — is being seriously eroded.

And, kids, now what’s that giant sucking sound? It’s the sound of billions of dollars of your tax dollars being siphoned away from existing social programs where they should be going and into the hands of religious organizations.

How ironic that George W.’s assault comes on the same day that the bodies of Madeline Murray O’Hare and her two sons, missing for years, have reportedly been found in — where else — Texas. (O’Hare, of course, is the atheist who brought the successful challenge of the practice school prayer to the Supreme Court.) You probably won’t hear much about this, though, because of the right-leaning bias of our nation’s media. They’re too busy covering Robert Downey, Jr.’s drug trial.

(By the way, if anyone has suggestions for a more disparaging name for President Bush, please fill in the blanks with it. Somehow, Dubya doesn’t sound quite disdainful enough.)

Three cheers to Sen. Patrick Leahy for announcing today that he would be voting against the confirmation of John Ashcroft as Attorney General. We’ll see how many others stand on their principles when the vote happens later this week or early next week.