President Obama was at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning — but even in this arena the new president cannot escape controversy.
The new embroglio concerns the preident’s newly revamped Office of Faith Based Initiatives. The office was created 8 years ago by President Bush and often faith or religion based organizations took government money even though they had a record of discrimination with respect to hiring.
Now separation-of-church-and-state advocates and human-rights organizations that say the government must constitutionally compel these organizations to follow nondiscrimination laws if they accept federal funding.
Say a prayer that this all works out….
President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast:
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (2nd R) speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, February 5, 2009. From L-R are: first lady Michelle Obama, U.S. President Barack Obama, Blair and U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC).REUTERS/Larry Downing