Barack Obama thinks it's a good idea to use the violently coercive power of the secular state to force taxes out of people to give those taxes to religious entities just so long as those entities, among a few other things, hire people who aren't part of the religion.
Now I have to tell you that the whole scheme is unintelligent and immoral. First of all, who gave whom the right to use force to collect money from people? It is an arbitrary power given to certain people by themselves. They just took over by force. It was evil. They just assumed they have the right because they were more willing to kill those who disagreed than were those who disagreed willing to fall to the evil of killing for selfish gain.
Okay, most people will instantly point to all the things taxes pay for that they think are good. That is still no excuse for penalizing people who don't want what you want. It's no excuse for arresting them, trying them, imprisoning them, etc. The only proper thing to do is convince people to go along without the threat of violence against them if they don't. That's Christian. Anything else is evil.
The whole reason for Bush's so-called Faith-Based Initiative was to get more tax dollars into the hands of privatizers of his stripe. The arguments against it still apply. There is absolutely no way to separate out a proselytizing effect when an entity doles out government money.
Regardless, why have the middleman? Why have the secular state choosing which religion is worthy? Obama is doing nothing more than compromising for the sake of more votes in the center.
The problem is that the center is way off. So is the left and so is the right. The whole spectrum is off.
The real law is righteousness. Righteousness is the absence of harm. One cannot be uncorrupted and be harmful. One cannot do harm without being harmed by the very act.
The real law is the Great Commandment, the second Great Commandment that is like it, the Golden Rule as formulated by Jesus, and Jesus's New Commandment understood by the full context of everything he both said and did.
The U.S. Constitution is though what the secularists hold up the highest, but it doesn't hold a candle to the Divine Law I just stated immediately above.
Look at the results of the secularist's law that you can't have under the real law. The secularists bring wars. The divine law prevents them. The secular allows for the greedy to amass for self under rigged rules. The divine forbids it. The secular elevates harmful behavior to an equal status with non-harmful and even beneficial behavior. The divine elevates what is truly beneficial and bounty-bringing and nothing but.
Which law will bring forth peace? Which law is loving? Which law is perfect? The divine law will bring forth peace, love, truth, and perfection, for they are all the same thing in the end.
Is this idealistic? Of course it is. Jesus's vision is the ideal. Why aim lower?
Oh, people are forever saying that others won't go along, it's not in their nature, and on and on. That's all just saying things that don't have to be. If everyone says he or she will go along and does, that's that. It will happen. The only thing stopping it is people going around saying it can't happen.
You know the people who go around saying it can't happen are demons. Think about it. Can they change? Yes.
What do you hear from Barack Obama? You hear that democracy has to be put above the conviction that the vision of Jesus Christ is the light. Barack talks compromise. He talks ecumenism. He talks syncretism. His politics are bad. They aren't about bringing forth fruits worthy of repentance (getting close to God). He isn't about fulfilling the Lord's Prayer of bringing God's Kingdom to Earth.
Everyone lauding Barack Obama will be severely disappointed. John McCain though would only serve to disappoint the many also.
The primary elections were foreordained by the plutocrats. They pretty much agreed behind closed doors that they would build up Obama by shining the limelight on him and keeping it there. Naturally they hedged their bets in cased he bombed out with the crowds. The crowds though bought the line.
Now you are seeing all the broken promises. Obama was one thing when he started to run, albeit extremely vague (still is). Now though he is quite another sort.
Americans are duped into viewing the whole process as a filter through which only those willing to compromise ethics can possibly get enough backing by the rich and powerful, greedy and violent, lusting and depraved. Well, you get what you are willing to be duped into accepting and echoing.
Frankly, it isn't this up coming election that is the most important in a long time. They say that about every election just to get you to imagine that your vote matters. It isn't your vote that matters to them. It's your going along with their rigged system that matters to them. It's the next election after this one that will matter.
Will the people learn over the next four years that the whole system is irrevocably broken, that it was broken from the start, that it must be displaced peacefully by the Commons? We need the Christian Commons Project™.