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Is the New Year going to be Happy?  

Will We be Faithful to the Underlying Idea (vs. Current Practices) of the USA)?

Because the last President that talked about the separation of church and state with clarity got assassinated.  And the ones recently in office are quite fine with tolerating and expanding their union, starting with legislation by Executive Order, economic control through cronyism, and in cases I have recently witnessed, all but directly paying pastors to set up front corporations and spread certain products — from favored groups — and to a double-standard; failing to file taxes doesn’t even preclude organizations from getting more grants; in fact, it seems to be the preferred method.


LISTEN, to JFK @ the Greater Houston Ministerial Association (9/12/1960)

From “American Rhetoric.com” (and an mp3 on the site, too)

Reverend Meza, Reverend Reck, I’m grateful for your generous invitation to state my views.

While the so-called religious issue is necessarily and properly the chief topic here tonight, I want to emphasize from the outset that I believe that we have far more critical issues in the 1960 campaign; the spread of Communist influence, until it now festers only 90 miles from the coast of Florida — the humiliating treatment of our President and Vice President by those who no longer respect our power — the hungry children I saw in West Virginia, the old people who cannot pay their doctors bills, the families forced to give up their farms — an America with too many slums, with too few schools, and too late to the moon and outer space. These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues — for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barrier.

But because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected President, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured — perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again — not what kind of church I believe in, for that should be important only to me — but what kind of America I believe in.

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the President — should he be Catholic — how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference, and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him, or the people who might elect him.

I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no public official either requests or accept instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches** or any other ecclesiastical source; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials, and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been — and may someday be again — a Jew, or a Quaker, or a Unitarian, or a Baptist. It was Virginia’s harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that led to Jefferson’s statute of religious freedom. Today, I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you — until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped apart at a time of great national peri

**below, I have a White-House-based list of state faith-based offices.  Note the Connecticut contact:  “Connecticut Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships & Conference of Churches”  I have also seen grants to the National Council of Churches, it seems to me, from HHS.  There is no longer even a pretense of keeping the religion out of either politics, or actual government.

Copying Bush (2001), Some US Governors Establish Offices of Faith-Based Organizations.  Others Stick it in their SRS on taking Office

OK, OK — My blogging tradition of ridiculous titles continues, but that can’t beat how inane is the term ‘Faith-Based Organization.”

Anyone who knows a little history knows that religious groups (and governments) (and sometimes both together) are absolutely GREAT at producing lots and lots of martyrs, sacrificing a few for the good of all (the public is told) — even if it’s rather the other way around, sacrificing multitudes for the good of a few.   The word “faith” occurs in this short (40 verses) chapter 25 times:  It is hailed as the chapter on Faith in the New Testament.  All things will disappear, says I Corinthians 13 (the chapter on “Love”) — but three things remain:  Faith, Hope and Charity — but the Greatest of these is Charity. And the greatest Evil is the love of money (elsewhere).

Fast forward through many bloody centuries — like about 15, 16, 17 of them — and in the colonies on the eastern seaboard of what we now call the United States of America, some colonists get tired of being colonized (while still doing this to their own slaves and continuing to assert that women are also property) — and remembering very recent history, concoct this new thing, that there should be freedom of worship.  Some of the people who came up with this idea, challenging the combo of throne & religion, had lost a lot recently, and witnessed too much because of it.  Here it comes!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

and (this is simply Wikipedia, simply a reminder):

Opposition to the ratification of the Constitution was partly based on the Constitution’s lack of adequate guarantees for civil liberties. To provide such guarantees, the First Amendment (along with the rest of the Bill of Rights) was submitted to the states for ratification on September 25, 1789, and adopted on December 15, 1791.

Passed in 1786, here’s Jefferson’s Statute of Religious Freedom in Virginia:

Next to the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson took greatest pride in his authorship of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, which, as his friend James Madison said, “extinguished forever the ambitious hope of making laws for the human mind.   Jefferson wrote this statute in 1777, when he had returned from the Continental Congress to begin a wholesale revision of Virginia’s laws that would eradicate every trace of aristocratic privilege hidden in them. At the time, “the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience” was an established right in Virginia. Yet Jefferson’s statute was bitterly opposed and led to what he later called “the severest contest in which I have ever been engaged.”     

The statute finally passed in 1786, thanks to the political skills of James Madison and only after the assembly had deleted significant portions of Jefferson’s original law. Partly as a result of this victory, however, Jefferson gained a reputation as an enemy of religion. Thirty years later he wrote that “the priests indeed have…thought it proper to ascribe to me…anti-religious sentiments…They wished him to be thought atheist deist, or devil, who could advocate freedom from their religious dictations.”

Here it is, with the “strikeout” representing portions which were deleted by others in order to get it passed:

(Well aware that the opinions and belief of men depend not on their own will, but follow involuntarily the evidence proposed to their minds; that) Almighty God hath created the mind free, (and manifested his supreme will that free it shall remain by making it altogether insusceptible of restraint😉 that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments…tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, who being lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either, as was in his Almighty power to do, (but to extend it by its influence on reason alone;) that the impious presumption of legislators…[who] have assumed dominion over the faith of others…hath established and maintained false religions over the greatest part of the world;…(that the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction;)…and finally, that truth is great and will prevail if left to herself; that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them

Well, there are quite a few ways to get something done without Congress passing a law.  One of these in recent times has been simply a President issuing an Executive Order.  It’s not a law — just an order.  We know Bush Did (and I’m squawking about it all the time, here, right?).  And it’s kind of follow the leader — if a President can do a “Faith-Based” (whatever that is) so can I! say the Governors.  And here they come (not necessarily in order):

You don’t know what you had til it’s gone…

Here  — from whitehouse.gov — is their list of the state-level faith-based pooh-bahs (look it up) so far.  Pennsylvania is working on one:  Below that, I’m going to talk about three of them:  Indiana, Kansas, and Ohio:


State Offices for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Jon Mason
Director, Governor’s Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives
Phone: (334) 954-7440
Email: info@servealabama.gov

Leah Koestner
Assistant, Office of Governor Janice K. Brewer
Phone: (602) 542-
Email:  azgov@az.gov

Jim Abson
Faith-based Liaison, DHS Division of Volunteerism
Phone: (501) 682-7540
Email: james.abson@arkansas.gov

Rev. Shelley D. Best
Director, Faithworks CT: Connecticut Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships & Conference of Churches
Phone: (860) 247-0017
Email:  sbest@conferenceofchurches.org

CT site shows its a project receiving ARRA funding, which itself has received government audit-level reports as being VERY poorly monitored, i.e., the recipients sampled owed as much or more income taxes themselves than the grants received.

0This website is a virtual campus for thought leaders in nonprofit organizations across Connecticut. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or new to the nonprofit world, here’s where you’ll find the tools, courses, and information you need to transform your communities.

FaithWorks—the Connecticut Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships—is a longtime initiative of the Conference of Churches. We’re expanding our scope through funding from the American Recovery and Investment Act.

0Partnership is the catalyst to help neighborhood and faith-based nonprofit organizations to re-envision and transform our urban centers in Connecticut to strong, economically vibrant communities.

They consider themselves “thought leaders” when in fact they are simply following the leader:  BUSH. See “The Family.”

FaithWorks Fellows
The centerpiece of this initiative is the 5-day FaithWorks Community Development Leadership Institute, an intensive series which equips faith-based and neighborhood nonprofits to do bigger things! FaithWorks Fellows—graduates of the Institute— are some of Connecticut’s most articulate and successful thought leaders. They have achieved measurable improvements including 50% increases to their organizational revenues and improved community collaboration. Some Fellows have gone as far as calling the Institute a “life-changing” experience. The relationships they form through the Institute are lasting. Well beyond the 5 days FaithWorks Fellows continue to share ideas and collaborate with one another.

“The context of community is what makes it so valuable.”
—Laura Coffin, Executive Director, Acts 4 Ministry Inc. Waterbury

“Conference of Churches” tax-exempt and getting government grants to do public services (salary of CEO is $78K).  Here are the tax returns per 990-finder:








Capitol Region Conference of Churches CT 2010 $2,357,716 990 22 06-0693695
Capitol Region Conference of Churches CT 2009 $2,318,895 990EZ 14 06-0693695
Capitol Region Conference of Churches CT 2008 $2,957,543 990 24 06-0693695
Capitol Region Conference of Churches CT 2007 $3,159,500 990 19 06-0693695
Capitol Region Conference of Churches CT 2006 $2,756,444 990 22 06-0693695
Capitol Region Conference of Churches CT 2005 $2,756,183 990 20 06-0693695
Capitol Region Conference of Churches CT 2004 $2,749,356 990 16 06-0693695
Capitol Region Conference of Churches CT 2003 $2,618,855 990 17 06-0693695
Capitol Region Conference of Churches CT 2002 $2,568,711 990 17 06-0693695

Searching TAGGS by this EIN#, the charity got $250,000 (only grant showing) in 2009:

FY Recipient City State CFDA Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date Amount This Action
2009 Conference of Churches  HARTFORD CT 93711 1 0 ACF 09-19-2009 $ 250,000 

The principal investigator here, Shelly Copeland’s bio should be read for its connections:

Rev.Best holds an M.A in Religious leadership from Hartford
Seminary, a M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School and
is a Doctoral Candidate from Hartford Seminary.
 [For her brief
biography, click here.] As an innovative community development consultant and
practitioner, Rev. Best serves as Founding Director of Faith-
BasedCoach.org and President and CEO of The Conference of
Churches as well as director of the Connecticut and Hartford 
Offices of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She
earned a national reputation through her launch of
FaithWorks Community Development Leadership Institute,
which expanded the capacity of 40 nonprofit organizations
across the US.

Rev. Best has published works on cultural competence, hosts
radio and TV shows, and acted as spokesperson for
Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families


It is registered, and has no address or principals on-line at the state commercial registry site:

Business Inquiry Details
Business Name: THE CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES, INC. Business Id: 0100642
Business Address: NONE Mailing Address: NONE
Citizenship/State Inc: Domestic/CT Last Report Year:
Business Type: Non-Stock/Religious Business Status: Active
Date Inc/Register: May 11, 1956
No Principal Records found for Business with Id: 0100642

So the head of the office also runs services supported by foundations which (it says) often are supported by nonprofits and foundations, and she has a prior spokesperson connection with government in related CT Government Department.


Kay Kammel
President, Volunteer Florida Foundation
Phone: (850) 410-0696
Email:  kay.kammel@vfffund.org

Sonya Seng
Program Specialist
Phone: (808) 586-8675
Email:  Sonya.M.Seng@hawaii.gov

James Huston
Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives
Phone: (317) 233-3295
Email: info@ofbci.in.gov

Larned A. Waterman
Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
Phone: (319) 335-9765
Email:  law-nonprofit@uiowa.edu

Erica Haas
Attorney, Governor’s Grants Program
Phone: (785) 291-3205
Email:  Erica.Haas@ks.gov

Colmon Elridge
Executive Assistant to the Governor, Office of the Governor
Phone: (502) 564-2611
Email:  Colmon.Elridge@ky.gov

Mark Byrd
Interfaith Coordinator, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI)
Phone: (410) 767-1822
Email: alagdameo@goci.state.md.us

Greg Roberts
Special Advisor and Director, Governor’s Office of Community and Faith-based Initiatives
Phone: (313) 456-0015
Email:  RobertsG@michigan.gov

Rebekah Staples
Faith-based and Community Liaison, Office of Governor Barbour
Phone: (601) 359-3150
Email:  rstaples@governor.state.ms.us

Dante Gliniecki
Statewide Volunteer Coordinator, Department of Public Safety
Phone: (573) 526-9132
Email: dante.gliniecki@sema.dps.mo.gov

New Jersey
Edward LaPorte
Director, NJ Office of Faith-based Initiatives
Phone: (609) 984-6952
Email:  faith@sos.state.nj.us

New Mexico
Hazel Mella
Director of NM OFBCI, Governor’s Office on Faith-based and Community Initiatives
Phone: (505) 841-4582
Email:  hazel.mella@state.nm.us

North Dakota
Beth Zander
Director, Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives
Phone: (701) 328-5345
Email:  bezander@nd.gov

John Matthews
Director, Governor’s Faith-based and Community Initiatives
Phone: (614) 466-3398
Email:  john.r.matthews@governor.ohio.gov

Robin Jones
Director, Oklahoma Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives
Phone: (405) 522-0606
Email:  info@faithlinksok.org

PENNSYLVANIA — one guy is trying (again) to get their own version of the Faith-Based office.  Pennsylvania needs to clean up its own series of scandals involving NONPROFIT groups running PUBLIC institutions first, like Luzerne County Kids4Cash, Penn State Child Abuse by Coach, victims supplied by kid-friendly nonprofit “The Second Mile” in part; and Lackawanna County’s possible inflated bills or GAL-related financial fraud precipitating an FBI raid of the courthouse.  What a joke — and they want MORE of this?  (Answer:  Yes!)

http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/CSM/2011/0/5716.pdf. Why not just move back to England — it has a National Church!


Puerto Rico
Pastor Migual Cintrón
Oficina de Enlace con la Organizaciones Comunitarias y de Bas de Fe
Phone: (787) 721-7000
Email:  micintron@fortaleza.gobierno.pr

Chris Bugbee
Director of Social Impact, OneStar Foundation
Phone: (512) 287-2000
Email:  info@onestarfoundation.org

Katherine Smith
Director, Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives
Phone: (801) 538-8875
Email:  kasmith@utah.gov

Nikki Nicholau
Director, Office of Volunteerism and Community Service
Phone: (804) 726-7644
Email:  nikki.nicholau@dss.virginia.gov

Washington, D.C.
Pat Henry
Manager, Non-profit & Faith-based Relations
Mayors Office of Partnerships and Grants Development
Phone: (202) 727-0946
Email:  pat.henry@dc.gov

Sheryl Berdan
Director, Governor’s Office of Community and Faith-based Partnerships
Phone: (414) 227-4344
Email:  sheryl.berdan@wisconsin.gov




INDIANA:  History of the OFCBI:  Effective January 11, 2005

January 2005 – Governor Mitch Daniels enacts Executive Order 05-16, which creates the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and as a result the OFBCI assumed the responsibilities of the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism and the FaithWorks initiative

Here it is.  NB:  Offices for Children often get established shortly before Faith-Based, or Father.  As I keep explaining, faith leaders have a particular interest in youngsters (see last post).

  • Executive Order 05-16
    Creation of the office of faith-based and community initiatives  (hardly helpful — it was scanned in sideways.  Turn your laptop….)
  • Executive Order 05-15
    Creation of the Indiana department of child services
  • (Another site I just saw says that his first executive order on taking office was 05-14, to get rid of collective bargaining for state employees).
From Wikipedia on Indiana’s Governor Mitch Daniels, Jr.  (I’ve pasted selections into the link:  hover over cursor) We see:   Republican, 2005-2009 and 2010-2014.  In looking at WHY the first three executive orders of his second term led to (05-14) eliminate collective bargaining, (05-15) start a dept. of child services, and (05-16) Create his faith-based office, I see:   Conservative/ Corporate-BigPharma/ Republican, 1985 “Chief political advisor and liaison to Reagan,” OMB [that’s Management and Budget] under Bush, comes from a Pharmaceutical Family (the Eli Lilly connection), stronger laws against abortion (tried withdraw state funding if healthcare providers offered it, lower corporate income tax.  He’s a blueblood as to colleges:  Looked at Yale, Dartmouth Princeton — decided to go with Princeton — then Georgetown.)
He was CEO of Conservative Think Tank “The Hudson Institute” and then in 1990, went to Eli Lilly and Company “the largest corporation HQ’d in Indiana at the time.”

 During his time at Lilly, Daniels managed a successful strategy to deflect attacks on Lilly’s Prozac product by a public relations campaign against the drug being waged by the Church of Scientology.

In one interview in 1992, Daniels said of the organization that “it is no church,”

and that people on Prozac were less likely to become victims of the Church.

The Church responded by suing Daniels in a libel suit for $20 million. A judge dismissed the case.[19]

Eli Lilly experienced dramatic growth during Daniels’ tenure at the company.

Prozac sales made up 30–40% of Lilly’s income during the mid-to-late 1990s,

and Lilly doubled its assets to $12.8 billion and doubled its revenue to $10 billion

during the same period. When Daniels later became Governor of Indiana,

he drew heavily on his former Lilly colleagues to serve as advisers and agency mangers.[20]

During the same period, Daniels also served

on the board of directors of the Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL).

He resigned from the IPL Board in 2001 to join the federal government, and sold his IPL stock for $1.45 million.

(Obviously has a deeply rooted and heartfelt connection with the common man…..)
That Lilly connection, plus Prozac is more that disconcerting:

OK, let me run that by again.  Like Bush — whose first two Executive Orders on taking office in 2000 (despite a contested election, see “Florida”) — Mitchells issues these two executive orders on the SECOND DAY in office.  Needless to say, this Office FBCI reports directly to the Governor; I guess this will help make sure the right people get those grants.


2003 – The Faithworks initiative is created to assist faith-based and community-based organizations in applying for state and federal grant dollars to support new or existing self-sufficiency programs.

2002 – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) was awarded a $1 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor to engage in outreach and education activities with faith-based and community-based organizations regarding the WorkOne system program monitoring and compliance.

2001 – The Bush Administration creates the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to strengthen and expand the role of faith-based and community organizations in addressing the nation’s social problems.

NOTICE — reference to 2001 Bush Executive Order.  If Pres can, so can Governors, right?
and more — it goes back to Welfare Reform of 1996, and just a little further.

2000 – Governor O’Bannon contracts with Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development to manage ICCSV financial and administrative functions, including development of financial policies and procedures.

1997 – The Governor’s Voluntary Action Program (GVAP) is discontinued. The ICCS re-organizes and changes its name to the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism (ICCSV) to highlight the expanded role of volunteers in effective community service.

1996 – The Charitable Choice provision is included in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) welfare reform legislation. Where non-governmental entities participate in a social service program funded under the PRWORA, FBOs cannot be excluded from participating simply because of their religious character.

During this time, Charitable Choice provisions apply to the following federal programs: Temporary Aid to Needy Families, Welfare-to- Work, Community Services Block Grants, Substance Abuse and Treatment Block Grants, Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness, and other discretionary grant programs for substance abuse prevention and treatment that are administered by SAMHSA.

January 1994 – Governor Evan Bayh establishes the Indiana Commission on Community Service (ICCS) and the Governor’s Voluntary Action Program.

1993 – Congress passes the National Community Service Trust Act, effectively overhauling the nation’s community service and volunteer programs, which established the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), strengthened existing programs and established new ones

Once the buzz is going, then the social scientists of course have to write it up, as in:

Empirical Evidence on Faith-Based Organizations in an Era of Welfare Reform

David A. Reingold Indiana University–Bloomington

Maureen Pirog Indiana University–Bloomington

David Brady Duke University

Social Service Review (June 2007). 􏰁 2007 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved. 0037-7961/2007/8102-0003$10.00

(see also Fair Use link on blogroll, below).

Notice how the interest in FAITH-BASED is definitely linked to “SERVICE DELIVERY” and “WELFARE REFORM.”

So, the authors write on page 250:

Indiana’s Welfare Reform and Faith-Based Initiatives

Indiana was one of the first states to adopt an emphasis on work first and personal responsibility, replacing cash assistance with transitional services. Over 1 year before PRWORA was passed, Indiana adopted a welfare policy that included a personal responsibility agreement, a time limit on adult eligibility for cash assistance, a family cap (i.e., thus placing a cap on the family’s benefits by eliminating a policy that increased welfare benefits as the welfare recipient had additional children), and financial sanctions for client failure to meet parenting and program responsibilities. Over the 6 years of welfare reform discussions and im- plementation, Indiana, like many states across the county, experienced a substantial drop in its welfare caseload, from approximately 70,000 in 1994 to 30,000 in 2000.1


Indiana was also early to adopt a state-level, governor-initiated pro- gram to promote the delivery of poverty assistance through religious social service agencies. Indiana’s FaithWorks entered the planning stages in 1997 and was unveiled in 1999 (U.S. House of Representatives 2001). The program provided training and technical assistance to religious groups that were interested in contracting with local, state, and federal governments. FaithWorks was eventually phased out in 2004, soon after a change in governor (and the governor’s political party). It was replaced by an Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in the Office of the Governor. During its brief existence, FaithWorks dispersed a modest amount of funds ($3.5 million) to local FBOs (efforts included providing training and technical support for FBOs), but the disbursements during this time period were much less than those in other states, including Michigan (approximately $30 million), Ohio (approximately $17 million), and Texas (approximately $5 million; U.S. House of Represen- tatives 2001).

Because the data used here were collected prior to the actual implementation of FaithWorks activities, it is not possible to investigate any aspect of this short-lived initiative or its successor, the Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. 

My point precisely.  For one, the TAGGS.hhs.gov database — which is where public can track the types of grants being disbursed (not contracts) — there is no field to sort on which reads “faith-based.” One would think anyone actually serious about tracking “faith-based” organizations would — in the 10 years since 2010 — have gotten a little database field in there”  “FBO” under “Grantee type” or something.  Instead, the grants which are CLEARLy going to groups that call themselves “faith-based” instead are having TAGGS data entry bleeps and blurps such as:  Changing the name of the organiation, misspelling the word “fatherhood” in several creative ways (as well as words like “responsible” which I think is IRresponsible) and my favorite — the 2011 series of what are clearly many grants (around $119 million) to groups that at least SAY they are “faith-based” (like CHMC and friends) — simply omitting the last name of EVERY principal investigator, doubling the first name instead.

So we’ll have to investigate anecdotally — and the anecdotes sure are piling up.  I have another one, today.



OHIO:  HISTORY OF THE GOFBCI:  Effective Date 9/26/2003

Here it is established by Executive Order from “LawWriter.”

107.12 Governor’s office of faith-based and community initiatives.

(A) As used in this section, “organization” means a faith-based or other organization that is exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the “Internal Revenue Code of 1986,” 100 Stat. 2085, 26 U.S.C. 1, as amended, and provides charitable services to needy residents of this state.

Faith-based OR OTHER, and a 501(c)3.    OK — so that means we get to look at its tax returns, then right?  If we can find them . . ..

(B) There is hereby established within the office of the governor the governor’s office of faith-based and community initiatives. The office shall:

(1) Serve as a clearinghouse of information on federal, state, and local funding for charitable services performed by organizations;

(2) Encourage organizations to seek public funding for their charitable services;

(3) Assist local, state, and federal agencies in coordinating their activities to secure maximum use of funds and efforts that benefit people receiving charitable services from organizations;

(4) Advise the governor, general assembly, and the advisory board of the governor’s office of faith-based and community initiatives on the barriers that exist to collaboration between organizations and governmental entities and on ways to remove the barriers.

(C) The governor shall appoint an executive director and such other staff as may be necessary to manage the office and perform or oversee the performance of the duties of the office. Within sixty days after being appointed, and every twelve months thereafter, the executive director shall distribute to the advisory board and review with the board a strategic plan. The executive director shall report to the board at least quarterly on proposed initiatives and policies. A report shall include the condition of the budget and the finances of the office.

The first leader of this organization came straight from Indianapolis:  Krista Sisterhen.  Search my blog (or TAGGS database, which is where I found the name).  (I believe I already blogged the 2007 OIG necessary from allegations of grant-steering fraud on the Ohio GOVBCI “WeCareAmerica” fiasco.  So this is just a reminder:   http://watchdog.ohio.gov/investigations/2007063.pdf)  (here’s the Baylor University clean-up report on the same thing)  And that was just the financial angle.  There’s also the “behavior with minors” angle — 2009 account from Ohio reflects a little bit on their choices of staff members, I think:

Ex-director of Ohio’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives linked to prostitution ring  Aaron Marshall, The Plain Dealer 

Update (01/22/2009): Although McFadden’s resume said he was a co-founder of the Catholic Alliance for the Common Good, the group disputes that claim.

COLUMBUS — A man once hired by Gov. Ted Strickland to head a state office because of his ties to Ohio’s religious community stands accused of being involved in an online prostitution ring.

Robert Eric McFadden, former director of Strickland’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, was arrested Wednesday morning in the Columbus suburb of Dublin. He has been charged with seven felonies, including pandering obscenities involving a minor, promoting prostitution and compelling prostitution, according to a Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Weiner confirmed that the 46-year-old is the same person who worked for Strickland.  McFadden headed the faith-based office for nine months before taking a demotion and a pay cut for a short-lived job as an administrative assistant with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

{{doesn’t HEADED mean, RAN?   This guy was running the place?}}

Police believe that McFadden was the man they have been looking for in connection with a prostitution ring that was run from Craig’s List, according to a report on the Web site of Columbus television station WCMH. Police cracked the ring when men involved in a Web site that posts reviews of prostitutes held a raffle for sex at a brothel near downtown Columbus

Anyhow, apart from that, basically the “Faith- Based” is another from of leveraging access to grants, etc.  for example “

The Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (GOFBCI) announces the release of the Together
Ohio Family Support Fund Request for Grant Applications (RFGA)
 (From  Nov. 2009)

KANSAS OFFICE OF FAITH-BASED:  Governor assumes position, reorganizes an Executive Branch, establishes a Faith-Based Operation under it, Sticks a Faith-Based guy from Florida (Siedlick) in charge, and “voila” — secret conference (travel expenses = courtesy citizens of Kansas, although it was a closed-door meeting) and here comes the “Institute for American Values” (isn’t taxation WITH representation an American Value)? personnel to plan their strategies.  Next thing you know — women are supposed to marry their way out of poverty, an attempt to make divorce harder, and Town Halls with lectures from a representative of the Heritage Foundation.
WOW — this is recent (and probably good) news:
SRS Director Rob Siedlecki to step down at the end of the month
Dec. 15, 2011 by John Hanna, AP.

 — The top social services official in Kansas is stepping down after less than a year in office, Gov. Sam Brownback’s office announced Thursday, ending a tenure marked by controversy over administrative decisions and the governor’s policies.Brownback said Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki is leaving the administration, effective Dec. 31. Siedlecki has held the job since January, when the Republican governor took office.Some legislators, particularly Democrats, began criticizing Siedlecki even before he was confirmed in late March. One issue was his reorganization of top SRS management, and another was the administration’s pursuit of faith-based social services initiatives.

{{THESE TWO GO TOGETHER.  HOPEFULLY SOMETIME SOON OTHERS WILL “GET” that this IS what “FAITH-BASED OFFICES” are principally engaged in, under the guise and sales pitch of ‘social services’ and helping.}}

And Siedlecki had previously served as a high-ranking Florida Department of Health official and in the U.S. Justice and Health and Human Services departments under Republican President George W. Bush.  . . .


The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services is among the state’s largest agencies, with 5,500 employees and a budget of more than $1.7 billion. SRS also has five hospitals for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, and it administers cash assistance for poor Kansans,

It administers the state TANF programs, apparently.  It does welfare — that’s a huge chunk of any state’s budget, and it’s a lot of power, too.

oversees the foster care system for abused and neglected children and administers substance abuse programs. But Brownback is proposing significant changes for the agency under a plan he’s outlined for overhauling the state’s Medicaid program, which covers medical care for needy Kansans. SRS would become the Department for Children and Family Services, adding programs for child care and foster home licensing, pregnancy maintenance and prevention programs and juvenile justice grants. In November, several Republican legislators criticized moving the juvenile justice programs to SRS, and one suggested the idea hadn’t been properly vetted, even as Siedlecki touted it as necessary to bring all issues dealing with children and families under one agency.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2011/12/15/2141817/srs-director-to-step-down-at-the.html#storylink=cpy

This comment seems particularly accurate — and understated:

Some legislators were put off by the administration’s moves to involve faith-based groups in programs, fearing money would flow to conservative, evangelical Christian organizations with little experience in providing assistance, such as substance abuse treatment. But SRS said it is will be partners with existing organizations to improve services.** Siedlecki also drew criticism for plans to close local SRS offices in some cities, including Lawrence, the state’s sixth-largest

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2011/12/15/2141817/srs-director-to-step-down-at-the.html#storylink=cpy

**In state after state, this has not proven true.
  1. SRS explores faithbased initiatives, vouchers

    Written by Dave Ranney, Kansas Health Institute News Service Without the restriction on proselytizing, Siedlecki said, morefaithbased groups could reach 

  2. Kansas Health Institute | Open records request prompts release of 

    May 23, 2011 – The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has  Brownback and SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki met with the group  The governor has expressed strong support for SRS developing faithbased initiatives 

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    Posts tagged with Faith Based Health Initiatives Srs SiedleckiLawrence Kansas. Posted by KHI News Service on July 22, 2011 at 7:34 p.m.. permalink 

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    Former DOH chief of staff returning to Florida after heading Kansas 

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    Dec 19, 2011 – Rob Siedlecki is returning to Florida after resigning his post as Secretary of  and fathering programs and advocated forfaithbased initiatives, 

  5. Kansas SRS head resigns less than year into tenure | Deseret News


    Dec 15, 2011 – The top social services official in Kansas is stepping down after less than  Some legislators, particularly Democrats, began criticizing Siedlecki even  was the administration’s pursuit offaithbased social services initiatives. 

  6. Siedlecki out at Kansas SRS | Midwest Democracy Project


    Controverisal Kansas SRS director Rob Siedlecki is out:  He’s also well-known for his attempts to bring faithbased initiatives to social service delivery. But he 

  7.  siedlecki | Search Topeka, KS | CJOnline.com   ((I think I got some informative comments on here, comparing it to Ohio’s similar foray into the field))

In KansasSiedlecki ran an agency with more than 5000.  voiced strong support for marriage and fatherhood initiatives, as well asfaithbased social services. 

(a little more from here):

At the Kansas social welfare agency, Siedlecki said he implemented an anti-fraud campaign, expanded the agency’s emphasis on adoption, promoted work rather than reliance on welfare programs and “laid the groundwork for a more child- and family-focused department.”

In October, the secretary said he was fully invested in transforming SRS.

“This is a calling. It’s not a job,” he said.

  1. SRS Secretary Siedlecki Resigns


    Dec 15, 2011 – The top social services official in Kansas is stepping down after less than  the administration’s pursuit of faithbased social services initiatives. 

Siedlicki, stepping down from Kansas SRS:  “It’s a Calling Not a Job”

That’s a BIG RED FLAG – and not this Red, White and Blue one, the Red representing the blood shed to get this freedom to start with!
When a public employee, while violating the public trust and being in charge of an EXECUTIVE level department radically restructures it (without voter approval) according to a previous NATIONAL blueprint set by executive order, that’s trouble.  Ordinary people can FORGET their callings until this usurpation of the legislative function (which entails checks and restraints) by the executive.
It’s no accident — let’s stop kidding ourselves (those that are).    When the words “mobilize” communities and “Saturate” communities with marriage education (which — let’s not kid ourselves — is a FOR-profit business, often done by groups with already privileged nonprofit status, like churches, or faith-based “orgs.” that know how to speed-incorporate, speed-get grants, speed-spend grants, and SPEEDILY leave town to safer quarters.
It’s guerilla warfare on the American public — and “hidden” out in open because the same public has already been at the bottom of the heap for so long, they’re wearing out.  They’re also encouraged and led to be easily distracted, stupid (i.e., gullible) when services are prompted, and for those that aren’t (like me and others), the technology available to them to figure out the truth has some intentional roadblocks (like HHS’s inability to SPELL right, structured poorly and its penchant for, when labeling who go the grant, not even using the on-line, corporate, OR tax (990) name of the institution who got it!  Etc.).  Sometimes all that’s needed to pull something off is a poorly structured database, with the more accurate records being privileged access (see “dual docketing” of court systems).
THIS SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION CONFERENCE IS FROM HARVARD.  The next one is called “Social Transformation by the Power of God.”  Its


Social transformation can be defined as the process of large scale change for an environment where a shift occurs in the consciousness, in attitudes and values of a community or society (whether local, state, national or global).  Scientific discoveries can cause social transformation as can religious movements (such as the great awakening of New England) or governmental policy (such as the end of apartheid in South Africa). Faith-Based Social Transformation is the process of positively changing an environment for the better using faith-based principles. This includes efforts to positively influence a nation’s culture by working to improve the values-based systems and ethical mindsets in its key strategic fronts, spheres or “mountains” — business, government, education, media, arts & entertainment, religion and family.

We have invited a number of prominent faith-based leaders to discuss how faith-based social transformation efforts can improve and better our society, communities and institutions. This will be a groundbreaking event that is positioned to be a catalyst towards inspiring renewal of not only the Harvard student body but of the larger Boston and New England region. This conference will be one of the firsts of its kind where leading voices for the faith-based social transformation of culture and nations will bring the relevance of God’s purpose and power to the students at Harvard consistent with the founding purpose of the university.

As much as this prose attempts to link “faith-based social transformation” with more honorable movements, such as ending apartheid or scientific discovery — at the heart, it is the exact opposite.  The people involved in this are wishing and talking about REWINDING HISTORY back to a more comfortable world, including one where women weren’t so uppity (that’s CENTRAL), monarchy and state religion are better, and most offensive to me in particular, “just leave the thinking to us.”  (Notice above, in “Conference of Churches” CT material, the self-description was “thought leaders,” twice,, following the National Fatherhood Initiative’s self-description of its founders as “a few prominent thinkers.”  Talk about arrogant!)
 The Speakers in this one are fairly representative of many Judaeo-Christian faith-based groups:   Look at the gender ration of male to female. The second female is a motivational speaker.    Notice very little dark skin and I’ll bet primarily one faith– Christian.  As though other faiths didn’t have any….

But we don’t need to look too far to realize that this is the intent — to change society according to the vision of the “few” (and their networking, business promotions, motivational speaking, and etc.).
Stephen Goldsmith (former mayor of Indianapolis) has a Google Book– and apparently he helped incubate the Ohio Faith-based head initially — or vice versa,

The Power of Social Innovation: How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite ..

With a chapter called “FORCING CULTURAL CHANGE” which talks about the top-down approach, and “creative use of public $$” right up-front.
These people know EXACTLy what they are doing, and who will be paying for it –and it’s the private people funding the public sector; i.e., so much of it is TANF-diversions, which money was extorted from the public through income tax and alleged to be for their own good, the public’s good.  Obviously, when the public can’t agree fast enough to suit the reformers, someone will have to step in and make their decisions for them.  First of all — poor people are not invited into the discussion on what’s happening with their own welfare funding when they’re on it.  That is for the Ph.D.’s writing policy.  Second of all — information is a released on a “need to know” and “you don’t need to know” basis.
If everyone is providing services, justifying all this nonprofit, then where are all the damaged goods people coming from?   will there never be a point at which at least ONE of the public tasks is actually completed?  Whether creating responsible fathers, ending child abuse, reducing poverty, or (fill in the blank).
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Well, perhaps to simplify all this I should produce this 3/21/2006 report from a research assistant at the JFK School of Government at Harvard.  (S/he [“Chris”] spells the word “Initiative” like I do, many times, cute! well, it is marked “Draft” so I should lay off)



Chris Pineda

Research Assistant, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

How do states structure their relationship with the faith community? States have opted to follow President Bush’s recommendation to engage FBCOs in three different ways. First, some states have explicitly chosen not to create any new structure for engaging FBCOs. In Delaware, for example, state leaders believe that faith-based community organizations are already sufficiently engaged and have no problem letting state officials know if they need anything.2 Second, several governors have designated a new or existing staff member to serve as both a point person for FBCOs and as advisor the governor. Colorado and Idaho are examples of states where the governor has appointed a staff member to serve as a faith community liaison. Lastly, some states have created actual offices of faith-based initiatives to serve as a resource for the state’s faith community. Alabama and Indiana are states that have established such state offices.

How are state offices created? State offices of faith-based initiatives have been created in two ways: by governors and by state legislatures. All but three state offices were created by executive order of the governor. The other three state offices—in Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia—were actually created by state legislatures, usually based on the recommendation of a bipartisan legislative committee.

(obviously KANSAS came later):
I also note:

Where are state liaisons and offices housed? Not all state offices are housed within governor’s offices, although some are, such as in Michigan and Alabama. Rather, many state offices are housed within other state-level departments, typically in a department of social services. States that fall under this category include New Jersey and Oklahoma. In other states, governors have opted to house their state office or liaison within an existing independent nonprofit organization. Two states—Texas and Florida—house their state offices within nonprofit organizations, while Iowa refers FBCOs to one main nonprofit organization.

etc. etc.
There’s a reason I equate “Faith-based” with “Fascist.”  One reason is history.  The other is personal experience with a single “fascist” authoritarian husband and realizing that it wasn’t just him, but the systems he is in, which judge people by anything BUT their characters or track records (or case files).
The word “Fascist” is based on the word “Fasces” which is rods bound together which are corporately powerful, when individually, less powerful.  While it’s the symbol in US Government Buildings, it is being used currently WITHIN the US as a power grab and AGAINST individuals who differ.
Here’s a (Wikipedia) definition, or part of it.

Fascism (play /ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a radical authoritarian nationalist political ideology.[1][2] It advocates the creation of atotalitarian single-party state that seeks the mass mobilization of a nation through discipline, indoctrination, physical education, and family policy (such as eugenics).[3][4] This state is led by a supreme leader who exercises a dictatorshipover the fascist movement, the government and other state institutions.[5] Fascist governments forbid and suppress opposition.[6] Fascists seek to rejuvenate their nation based on commitment to the national community as an organic entity, in which individuals are bound together in national identity by suprapersonal connections of ancestry, culture, and blood.[7] To achieve this, fascists purge forces, ideas, people, and systems deemed to be the cause of decadenceand degeneration.[7]

Fascism promotes political violence and war as actions that create national regeneration, spirit and vitality.[3][8] It views violence as a fact of life that is a necessary means to achieve human progress.[9] It exalts militarism as providing positive transformation in society and providing spiritual renovation, education, instilling of a will to dominate in people’s character and creating national comradeship through military service.[10] Fascists commonly utilize paramilitaryorganizations for violent attacks on opponents or to overthrow a political system.[11]

What people fail to realize nowadays (enough) is just what those “paramilitary” organs are.  This includes the media, (the web for sure), and churches, as mini-dictators who will keep their (so-called “their”) families submissive and on the party line, and the women and children in particular.  For the women, this means being subjected to lesser access to information, SPEAKING, transportation and economic independence (lest they leave, if displeased or abused).  For the children, this can and does mean submission in the form of sexually as minors to leaders and/or parents.

I had to step outside church paradigms (in fact, a lot of the conflict within my family was that I DID engage in activities outside the home besides work, and made sure our children did also) to get help, some of it originating from feminists with whom I don’t share all ideology.

However, once there, I ran smack up into religion through government again.

As a PERSON, I am very disturbed at the state of affairs; there is a tight net being closed tighter and tighter over individuals, and too much silence on the violence.   12/30/2011 may not be the best time to bring all this up — and this post definitely not the most organized, as I am having a hard time actually publishing the data I have, it’s so disturbing.  And I haven’t even gotten to “Opus Dei” yet.


The simplest — but painful, and unlikely — solution I can see would radically transform the American landscape and economy.


#1.     Congress should HAVE to include HALF women in its ranks, even if it means creation of a Senate or House of Reps post which says “female” on its face.  (This doesn’t include Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann types.  Or Hillary, who tolerates philandering and financial corruption in the background!)

Women in the US are slightly more than HALF the population — and we live a LOT longer on average.Without this, you can forget it!  This might do something of a seachange such that so many married women, for example, who know of a “sister” being beat up at home, or in a church situation, or virtually held hostage somehow — would not feel it so easy to speak up, without risking their own marriage or safety.  The same thing goes for the “Queen Bees” in the top of the corporate world (including lawyers, and also women employed running social services agencies) — they should not feel it necessary to justify and protect themselves by smacking down women who are already down, in their offices, and in their reports.  Parental Alienation and Parent Coordination (of AFCC) are absolutely woman-heating constructions; there is no excuse for them!

For one, we wouldn’t be firing off our missiles all over the place, starting wars for oil and so forth.



You heard me right.   Did I say anything about “faith-based”?   No, I sure didn’t!

Let the Catholic Church, the Baptist Church and the Conference of Churches compete in an open marketplace without a tax-advantage over individuals.  INDIVIDUALS, FYI, can form sole proprietor business, or one-person-corporations, but they cannot form sole-nonprofits.

Ideally I’d gt rid of the income tax altogether, or almost altogether, and shut down most of HHS (certainly ALL of OCSE which is beyond repair), because all the income tax does is make people who are better at evading it (whether legally or illegally) wealthier.  It’s hardly an even bargaining table.  With the extra wealth, they then engage in global games and social science dreams called inane things like “Futures Without Violence” or making up REALLy dumb acronyms from the Marriage-Mongering movement, such as NWNW (No Wedding No Womb) which isn’t even true — both  men and women can and do purchase the products of surrogate or gestational mothers, for pay.  There are tons of ways to get access to a womb without a wedding.  Or there’s the Wed, fill womb, throw-away version also.

But the worst part of that acronym is that, being in the form of an equation, No Wedding = No Womb, the converse is “Wedding = Womb.” which demeans wedding.


This would be a real test of faith for churches — have they got anything to offer, were it not as a tax shelter, and could they raise their own money?  If they start whining, tell ’em to “take it on faith!” or have some.

And it would take the financial motive out of public service, or church-planting.  With less greedy, child-abusing creeps around, there’d be a lot less public mess to cleanup, and probably fewer runaways.   The time and money saved could be put into actually getting to know one’s neighbors and local government.


#3.  The “PUBLIC” EDUCATION MONOPOLY (or would-be monopoly):

I believe that #1 & 2 are hard enough concepts for anyone to handle, and #3 is probably too much to stomach for now.   But look — if K-12 did such a great job, then other places would be out of business.  But for some reason we now have public employees of all stripes (but particularly in custody and juvenile fields) wishing to get in front of others by force and teach them a lesson.  Everyone wants to educate a captive audience with compulsory attendance — and WHY.  The best learning is often volunteer and self-driven in nature, ofen in answer to a pressing question the INDIVIDUAL has about what he or she is observing or going through.  Why should ALL americans be taxed to pay a wealth-based caste-sorter educational system, when all americans don’t even have kids?

In this matter, I really do know what I’m talking about.  Most of the time in school is wasted and is crowd control, administration, and babysitting.  It is NOT hard to teach any halfway normal child to read if they haven’t been labeled, spat out, derided and degraded -AND if there is access to at least something decent to read.   This also goes for math.   (See JUMP program).   The present school system is a holdover from a military state, which FYI the US at this point surely seems to be.

There really IS a better way to do this — including especially for single mothers or fathers — it entails resourcefulness and good networking.  This transforms both parent and children (not just one) and leaves time over for other events in their lives.  Government should stop trying to pick of the stragglers, label those who stray off the “public education is the ONLY education” mindset, forcing them to slow down and fail (unnatural to children!), justifying no end of remedial programs and, sometimes, medications.


HERE is a link to at TAGGS search by CFDA number.  Browse them please — there IS no number that reflects “faith-based.”  As such, no one is by category able to track what these faith-based are doing.  Moreover, when distinguishing between is it a Fatherhood? or a “Marriage” program – those two (while spread throughout many CFDAs) hold a single CFDA, 93.086.  In effect they are the same thing.  So why all the spin that there is one set of grants to promote “fatherhood” and another to promote “marriage”?

Even some of the language in establishing faith-based offices (Ohio’s for example) admits that it’s “faith-based or other 501(c)3” organization, in effect.  So who judges whether a group is “faith-based” or “godless”? ??  You certainly can’t easily (as a mere citizen) conduct a simple search on it.

The term as presented, when legislating it or restructuring government to accommodate it — is absolutely meaningless as meaningless -yet effective — as any commercial that, when considered, means nothing.  (“Coke ads life” etc.)  In observation, by deductive reasoning, my sample shows that MOST of faith-based organizations are eiter established, and historically bullies and/or recent creations exclusively for these grants, and as such after getting this money, very poor stewards of what they got, and without conscience when caught at even being caught.  They simply move into town, tear things up (like Siedlicki), bring in a few cronies (and he did — in a secret meeting and in town halls too), and then skip town to more friendly waters.   Pretty soon every state will have friendly waters for these sorts.


FAITH-BASED is basically FASCISM AT WORK.  Fatherhood–do it for the Fatherland — what’s the difference?  It’s manipulating language to seize power.    It plays on common fears to encourage people to lay down their rights voluntarily, rather than putting up a fight!

These are some of my year-end thoughts that help me deal (in part) with concerns about my own children who were subjected to too much of this, and their whereabouts and welfare.


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December 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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