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editorial-based 'faith-based' bashing?

A definition from the electronic dictionary program that comes with the Macintosh (based the New Oxford American English Dictionary):

faith-based (adjective): affiliated with or based on religion or a religious group : a faith-based plan that bilked investors out of millions.

USAGE The preponderance of usage for this term today connects it with institutions and programs that are affiliated with an organized religion, and with President George W. Bush’s faith-based initiative, which enables religious institutions doing social work to receive government funding.

I’m not a fan of Bush’s faith-based initiatives. As a Christian, I am a big fan of the separation of church and state, because I’ve seen what happens when the power of the state fuses with the church. Yet, it  seems to me that the example use of ‘faith-based’ given above, and its linking to Bush in the usage note, is more editorial (as in opinion) than exemplary (as in representative).


2 responses to “editorial-based 'faith-based' bashing?

  1. Mark Fitzgerald July 9, 2006 at 12:44 pm

    These pics are from a parade in France, checkout the elephant robot

  2. Natalia July 12, 2006 at 10:52 am

    Hmm, the example seems to confuse rather than clarify the definition. It seems to suggest that the “faith-basedness” of the plan lay in the investors’ faith in its integrity, and doesn’t really illuminate the specificity of usage at all.
    Boo, bad editing.

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