“To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes me want to throw up. What kind of country do we live in where only people of non-faith can come in the public square and make their case? That makes me throw up. And that should make every American [throw up].
“I don’t believe in an America where the separation between church and state is absolute.”
That was not what Kennedy said or meant. Here’s JFK‘s statement:
“I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish — where no public official either requests or accepts 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.”
According to Kennedy: “The Constitution is very clear” on the separation of Church and State.
I just did something that I think will help make government work a little better for us, and I thought you’d want to check it out too.
The pledge is part of a new campaign called Public=Online. It’s a nationwide network of citizens working to make government more open and transparent, and I think it’s great. I just signed the pledge because I know government should be transparent, but it definitely isn’t right now.
The campaign is trying to build as much muscle as possible to make government change its ways, and the pledge is the first way to accomplish to do that. That’s why I signed it. I want the folks who represent me to know that I expect them to be transparent about things like how they spend my money or how they are being influenced by lobbyists.
Right now it just feels like government is one big black box, and I feel like this pledge is something we can do as a step in the right direction.
To find our more about the campaign, visit http://publicequalsonline.com/pledge
It’s called Public=Online because when government information is online where we can get it anytime we can become more informed and engaged citizens.
Needless to say, the text above was written by the folks at Public=Online and not by me… but I agree with them and i DID sign the petition. You folks make up your own minds… but after all the reveals of pitiful secrets by all our previous contemporary administrations and the one we’re in now, and after the elections last month and the changes coming to the House, it would be nice to face some honesty for a change.
- Sunshine Review Launches Online Transparency Platform for Legislators and Activists (chicagonow.com)
- U.S. hotline to tackle aid fraud in Pakistan (calgaryherald.com)
- Could you have open diplomacy? (bbc.co.uk)
- This will be the most transparent and accountable government in the world | Francis Maude (guardian.co.uk)
- Reforming Government: Congressional Republicans Haven’t Changed & Can’t Bring the Change We Need (whitehouse.gov)
- Obama’s transparency record not so clear (washingtontimes.com)
- Coalition shelves plans to protect public sector whistleblowers (guardian.co.uk)
They have just published the official White House family portrait of the Obama’s by Annie Leibovitz
and here it is:
Well composed, a happy family. And it’s so nice to see Annie still working after all the financial problems she’s been having. She is the Best photojournalist of her kind and we need more of her work.