critique of Texas faith-based initiative

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Sun Sep 7 21:33:04 CDT 2003

[ed:  Richard emphasizes the difference faith-based community 
organizing and the Bush faith-based social service approach.]

From: Richard L Wood <rlwood at>

I've not read the critique yet, but just in response to Randy's 
editorial note below: Yes, let's think about possible implications for 
faith-based community organizing, but also recognize just how 
sharply different the Bush faith-based initiative and the model of 
faith-based community organizing are -- really different universes.  

But I do look forward to reading the critique, when I swim out from
start-of-semester craziness. Rich Wood, Univ of New Mexico

> .
> [ed:  I welcome discussion on the report cited below, as well as the 
> broader issues raised by it.  While the report does not focus 
> specifically on faith-based organizing (the focus is social services), 
> there may be some implications for community organizing.]
> From: Michael Givel <mgivel at>
> The Texas Freedom Network has issued a report on the five year 
> track record of Faith Based Initiatives in Texas.  Before jumping 
> into this form of community organizing, if you have not looked at 
> this, you might want to read about and consider the possible pitfalls 
> associated with mixing government funding with religion.
> Michael Givel
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