By John J. DiIulio
"Do you recognize while you are going to heaven?" presently after being appointed the 1st Director of Faith-Based and group Initiatives--the "faith czar"--John J. DiIulio Jr. was once requested this question. without warning DiIulio, a Catholic Democrat who pioneered courses for inner-city young ones, was once aware that he was once not a personal citizen who may have humored the tv evangelist status sooner than him. Now he used to be, as he remembers in his introduction--"responsible for helping the president in faithfully upholding the structure . . . and faithfully performing within the public curiosity with no regard to non secular identities." utilizing his short tenure within the George W. Bush management as a springboard, this energetic, informative, and exciting publication leaps into the continuing debate over even if as a kingdom the USA is Christian or secular and to what measure church-state separation is forced by means of the structure. averting political pieties, DiIulio makes an impassioned case for a center manner. Written by way of a number one political pupil, Godly Republic deals a fast paced, faith-inspired, and fact-based method of improving America's civic destiny for all and sundry.
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Extra resources for Godly Republic: A Centrist Blueprint for America's Faith-Based Future (Wildavsky Forum)
Americans, he matter-of-factly stated, “are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being,” namely, the biblical God of Abraham. The Constitution and federal laws also require neutrality and equal protection in grant-making and public administration. No less than with respect to citizens’ religious expression, neutrality and equal protection are watchwords when it comes to government ﬁnancial or other support for religious or religiously affiliated organizations. For instance, for government to fund a welfare-to-work program that required beneﬁciaries to recite a prayer before searching the help-wanted ads or receiving counseling, that used tax dollars to hire only co-religionists, or that exempted itself on religious grounds from complying with program-speciﬁc accountability and performance rules, would be plainly unconstitutional and illegal.
Chapter 4 examines the rise and demise of the original Bush plan that advocated greater federal support for community-serving religious nonproﬁt organizations. The plan unraveled, and the wider consensus was momentarily shattered, when an inﬂuential minority of orthodox Christian leaders made policy demands that violated settled constitutional limits on church-state collaboration. But Washington’s move toward faithbased initiatives reﬂected, not created, the public consensus, and the political troubles of the “Bush faith bill” curtailed, not killed, the faithbased social services movement.
16 By the same token, I think that Meacham’s public religion interpretation lends too much historical credence to secular inﬂuences; but, to pluck the beam from my own manuscript, it could be that I overestimate religious inﬂuences. In the end, however, the secular state and Christian nation interpretations each seemed so far from the truth as to merit being called “myths”; and the public religion idea, though containing much that is both historically and constitutionally kosher, yet missed America’s noblest and most intriguing sacred civic mystery: how true believers in a re- introduction 19 ligious creed that promotes proselytizing have, political generation by political generation, promoted genuine religious pluralism and honored constitutional limits.
Godly Republic: A Centrist Blueprint for America's Faith-Based Future (Wildavsky Forum) by John J. DiIulio