Saturday, November 27, 2004

Federally funded faith-based mentoring

The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing to halt direct federal funding of a Christian child-mentoring program in Arizona that has its mentors "share the good news of who Jesus is and how he can provide a future of hope for anyone."

MentorKids USA of Phoenix, Ariz., has received a $225,000, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, according to the federal lawsuit filed here.

The Arizona group's Web site says: "We are a faith-based organization working in partnerships with churches and local Christian community to enlist, train and support Christian mentors."

According to the lawsuit, MentorKids gives all mentors a faith statement which says: "The Bible is God's authoritative and inspired word that is without error in all its teachings, including creation, history, its origins, and salvation, and Christians must submit to its divine authority, both individually and corporately, in all matters of belief and conduct."

That statement also says "all people are lost sinners and cannot see the Kingdom of God except through the new birth. Justification is by grace through faith in Christ alone."

In the new America, this kind of thing is going to be ubiquitous, and Nino Scalia's Supreme Court will do nothing to stop it. We didn't need an Establishment Clause anyway.


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