So, did we always have a Health and Human Services “faith based” Position?

or is this something new? 

President Barack Obama has tapped an anti-abortion activist to a senior Health and Human Services “faith-based” position just a week after the murder of prominent abortion doctor George Tiller.

Alexia Kelley is executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG), and will head the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Health and Human Services.

According to The American Prospect, a liberal magazine, “Kelley is a leading proponent of ‘common ground’ abortion reduction — only CACG’s common ground is at odds with that of Obama. While the administration favors reducing the need for abortion by reducing unintended pregnancies, Kelley has made clear that she seeks instead to reduce access to abortion.”

Kelley’s appointment appears yet more salient in lieu of the fact that President Obama has expanded the faith-based project of the executive branch to include public policy — with an eye toward reducing the need for abortions.

But a Prospect blogger, Sarah Posner, points out that opposition to the nomination can be found simply in an argument that “reproductive health is a public health, not a religious issue.”

Now, please don’t get me wrong; I consider abortion to be an abomination, and I approve of legal protections for the unborn.  I’m also not one of those sorts who expect people to check their religion at the doors- I understand that there is no specific call for the “separation of church and state” in the Constitution.  That said, I’m a big fan of the Establishment Clause, and the idea of a specific faith based position kind of freaks me out. 

*** BTW, don’t miss reading the comments, which lament the fact that we couldn’t have given the presidency to such fine candidates as Cynthia McKinney or Dennis Kucinich, rather than the horrible Barry O.  It’s pretty darn hysterical.

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