editorial-based 'faith-based' bashing?
July 9, 2006
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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).