Dan Gilgoff of U.S. News & World Report, and a frequent guest on State of Belief, has posted an interview with Rev. Gaddy about the White House office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships entitled Critic of White House Faith-Based Office Joins Task Force on Reforming It. Rev. Gaddy says in the inteview that:
I have thought all along it would be best not to have such an office, and I still have that opinion. But if there’s going to be an office, I want to do everything I can to see that it is constitutional in nature and that it operates both legally and in the spirit of protecting the First Amendment’s historic separation between religious institutions and government institutions.
A faith based office in the white house is a clear and simple violation of the separation of church and state, whatever the pretext. Whose faith? Certainly not mine. This office was created to win the votes of the religious right and it succeeded. Be principled and responsible. Don’t compromise our consitution for votes. Thank you.