The prospect of Scientology or other non-mainstream religious
groups profiting from the federal faith-based initiative has been a
concern for leading Protestant evangelicals including Christian
Coalition televangelist Pat Robertson. No sooner had Bush set up his
White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives than
Robertson was blasting the program on his “700 Club” television
“I really don't know what to do,” Robertson complained. “This
thing (the initiative) could be a real Pandora's box. And what seems
to be such a great initiative can rise up to bite the organizations
as well as the federal government.”
For Robertson, the prospect of groups like the Hare Krishna
Scientology, and even Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church
receiving government funding to operate religion-saturated social
programs was, well, profane.
Via Flutterby, RELIGIOUS RIGHT
DILEMMA: CRUISE LOBBYING FOR SCIENTOLOGY FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE
This is funny.
I'm guessing that when President Bush first proposed this, Mr. Robertson
was all too happy for it to pass and didn't pause to think what
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