"enron ethics in the pulpit"
Body and Soul is rightly indignant over Bush's plans to implement portions his faith-based-programs even if Congress rejects the legislation.
"We really want the legislation badly," said James Towey, who took over Bush's 10-person faith-based office in February. "But this office isn't just about federal legislation. This office is going to move forward with the president's initiative."
More, she takes issue with the program head's suggestion that charities adopt neutral-sounding names, which means, as Jeanne D'Arc points out, hide the fact that they are churches:
"If you run into an official who's an armchair First Amendment person," Towey said yesterday, "if you're 'John's Shelter,' you can go after the money but if you're 'St. John's Shelter,' you can't."
"Ironically, that means that federal money will flow to churches headed by the kind of people who don't see any ethical problems in twisting the truth for money," Jeanne D'Arc says, "people who believe, like George Bush and Ken Lay, that rules are for little people, and the smart guy knows how to get around them."
(I love "armchair First Amendment person," by the way--how dare individuals interpret what their Constitutional rights are rather than have those rights
dictated interpreted for them by the Government.)