Time to Stop Public Funding of Religion – from today’s San Juan Journal

Today, the San Juan Journal posted my new op-ed calling for an end to public funding of religion in the context of health care.  Please read it on the San Juan Journal site.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Time to Stop Public Funding of Religion – from today’s San Juan Journal

  1. Keith Comess

    Nicely argued piece. Your perspective on the bloated compensation packages for CEOs and others in the corporate hierarchy being tied to performance issues (in this case, absolute fealty to the dictates of the governing Archbishop) is well worth noting.

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  2. Lorie Lucky

    Excellent article, Monica! All the information the public needs to make informed decisions about secular vs Catholic health care. And continuing to point out Archbishop Sartain’s influence on pushing the conservative agenda of the Church in Washington State.

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  3. Sherman Hu

    Monica, your article is just excellent. It’s time for us to push the movement to the new height. A complete legislature in the State and Federal is much needed to end G W Bush era’s faith based initiatives.

    The challenging rollout of the Obama care, and major cuts in the State and County public healthcare departments have further indicated that public funding/or taxpayers’ dollars has been horded to Catholic organizations. While Obama care and Public Healthcare Departments are saving and improving the American lives, Catholic healthcare organizations are hording taxpayers’ dollars to advance its religious agendas.

    2012 election has further validated that America was not in mood of letting Christian/religious minded candidate and party to run this country.

    But we could not afford to be careless, regardless the policies that current administration passed are still in the process of improvement. We must be united to root out Catholic/or so-called Christian faith in our society.

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    1. Keith Comess

      Unfortunately, while the “faith based”, government supported initiatives may have been catalyzed by the G.W. Bush administration, they have been extended, solidified and formalized by the B.H. Obama regime. In fact, that aspect of his program was extolled by then candidate Obama during his initial election effort. I’m no fan of G.W. Bush but…at least you knew what you were getting; quite the contrary with the current president.

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      1. Sherman Hu

        I don’t disagree with you on several policies that Obama carried over from GW Bush era. I don’t think that Obama has had the chances to reverse every damage GW Bush has done yet.

        The result of 2012 Presidential election further validated that America is not in the mood of seeing the return of religious groups.

        Many voters didn’t like Obama’s policies but they saw the other candidate the worst.

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        1. Keith Comess

          This isn’t the appropriate venue for a further analysis of the Obama administration’s extension, refinement and codification of many of the most intrusive, militaristic, anti-environmental and corporate-friendly policies of the Bush administration. Nor, for that matter, is it appropriate for discussion of Obama’s fulsome embrace of the “faith-based” initiatives of the GW Bush era nor of his capitulation to religious groups who have objected to woman’s health components of his eponymous “Obamacare”.

          Suffice it to note that, thanks to the president’s abandonment of his liberal backers and unsuccessful, insincere pandering to the right (the Obama phrases, “Grand Bargain”, “adult-in-the-room” and “compromise” are all appropriately and succinctly grouped under the heading, “pre-emptive compromise”), there is a high degree of likelihood that both chambers of Congress will return to Republican control and a reasonable possibility that the Executive Branch will have a more candidly conservative leader following the next suite of elections. Then, when religion, power and influence have a real nexus, think back on what “could have been” under the current regime.

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          1. Sherman Hu

            It’s certainly interesting to see the election results in 2014 and 2016.

            There is no doubt that our civil liberty and equal rights would suffer if the conservatives controlled three brunches.

            But America and the world have become very different than religious folks wish.

            Cheers,

            Happy New Year!

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