“The Obama administration is looking to draw sharper lines on church-state interaction and to eliminate the ability of faith-based groups to hire only those who believe as they do,” warns Hunter Baker. Maybe one way to protect the mission of faith-based social service groups, and avoid a Culture Wars clash with the new administration, is to examine what we mean by “secular.”

Read the commentary at the Acton website and share your thoughts in the space below.

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  • Neal Lang

    “The Obama administration is looking to draw sharper lines on church-state interaction and to eliminate the ability of faith-based groups to hire only those who believe as they do,”

    Actually, with plans afoot to increase Federal Income Tax Revenues by liminating deductions, one of the deduction being targeted by the Obama Administration is charitable giving. Obviously, if a church or other charity refuses to cooperate with the government, and thereby receive its coerced tithe from the taxpayers, it will most likely suffer severely from lack of financial support and possibly go out of business.

  • A. Frances Smith

    My obligation to tithe is independent of the government’s decision to deduct my tithe from my taxes. God didn’t tell us to give Him ’10 percent” only if the government deducts that from our taxes. What we recieve is ALL from our God. He knows how much taxes are. But if we follow his law and give back to Him what He asks in joy, He will not be outdone in generosity. God will use this for our good. If we there are no deductions for what we give, and we donate cash, then there is no record of what we give. Our Church, or charity won’t need to accept government money. I am a single disabled veteran. Paying my taxes and tithe will involve sacrifice. This is where faith comes in. I believe that God will supply my need. I’m not sure about the government. This is the time for all Jews and Christians who are under an obligation to tithe, to have faith, and do so–wisely (i.e. cash). God bless,
    A. Frances Smith