[Hpn] Joy-Boy (J. Reynalds) weighs in... AND A FUN SURVEY!!!

Harmony Foster Kieding fosterharmony@savethisplanet.com
Wed, 31 Jan 2001 10:49:49 -0800


>> Joy Junction director Jeremy Reynalds said he hopes the president's funding

>> plan never becomes reality. Instead, Reynalds wants government to cooperate

>> with faith-based organizations like his homeless shelter in terms of
>> decreasing burdensome regulations.
>
>Oh, and what would those "burdensome regulations" be? Public oversight?
>Providing fiscal information to the IRS? Compliance with the Americans with

>Disabilities Act? Health and safety inspections? Reporting staff salaries?

>
>Inquiring minds want to know!
>
>> If Joy Junction received government money, it could no longer make it
>> mandatory for clients to attend religious education and religious services,

>> he said.
>
>OK, let's have a quick fun survey HPN'ers:
>
>1 - Would you willingly submit to mandatory religious education and
>religious services in exchange for three hots and a cot, or would you rather

>keep your personal dignity and spirituality intact by doing a stint in the

>county jail instead?
>
>2- Would it be a hypocritical act to deny services to someone because they

>aren't members of the same religion as your ministry?
>
>3- What do you think the potential is for a Jonestown or Heaven's Gate
>scenario playing out in a secretive and dogmatic environment staffed by
>reactionary leaders like Joy Junction?
>
>4- Do you think gays and lesbians go to heaven when they die, even if they

>would have to put up with their persecutors from this life?
>
>5- BONUS QUESTION: Charity, or Justice?
>
>Please "cc" your survey answers to joyjunction@joyjunction.org
>reynalds@joyjunction.org  and JReynalds@aol.com
>
>peace,
>
>chance
>
>PS- check out http://joyjunction.org/jjnews/archives.htm but be sure you
>have a barf bag handy!
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>http://www.abqjournal.com:80/news/237625news01-30-01.htm
>
>Tuesday, January 30, 2001
>
>Charity Leader Says Partnership Longstanding
>
>By Paul Logan
>Journal Staff Writer
>
>President Bush's plan to let religious institutions compete for federal
>funds to provide social services isn't a new idea, the head of an
>Albuquerque charity said Monday.
>
>Religious organizations have been receiving government assistance for a long

>time, said Greg Kepferle, executive director of Catholic Charities for
>Central New Mexico.
>
>"Even though there's been a lot of new rhetoric about 'faith-based
>organizations,' actually the government has been partnering with faith-based

>organizations for more than 100 years," Kepferle said.
>
>Bush announced plans Monday to open federal grant programs to religious
>charities.
>
>Some opponents of the plan say funding churches, synagogues and mosques
>would violate the U.S. Constitution's requirement for separation of church

>and state.
>
>Kepferle, though, said several federal agencies have helped fund Catholic
>Charities' refugee resettlement program for 42 years. His $4.2 million
>budget includes $1.2 million in government funding for refugees.
>
>The agency also receives about $500,000 from government programs for
>transitional housing for homeless women and children. In the latter,
>Catholic Charities matches a dollar from private donations and church and
>foundation contributions for every $3 from the government, Kepferle said.
>
>"The government recognizes that we can do a better job precisely because of

>us being a nonprofit and being experienced and connected to the local
>community," he said.
>
>Kepferle said he could see questions on both sides regarding Bush's program,

>such as making sure government is not violating any constitutional
>obligations and making sure governmental restrictions won't limit
>faith-based organizations' mission.
>
>"My hope is (government) can develop some creative partnerships with local

>government, the private sector and the faith-based community," he said.
>
>Art Fine, executive director of the Jewish Family Service of Greater
>Albuquerque, said the government accounts for about 20 percent of his
>organization's $425,000 budget through government grants and contracts.
>
>"If government funds directly religious organizations, such as churches,
>synagogues and mosques, I certainly think that would raise some questions
>about church-state separation," Fine said.
>
>In such a scenario, he said, there would be a possibility that government
>could withhold funds as well, showing favoritism to one religious group over

>another.
>
>Fine said most religious-based human and social service organizations, such

>as his own and Catholic Charities, have incorporated separately as nonprofit

>groups to help create an "arm's-length distance."
>
>Joy Junction director Jeremy Reynalds said he hopes the president's funding

>plan never becomes reality. Instead, Reynalds wants government to cooperate

>with faith-based organizations like his homeless shelter in terms of
>decreasing burdensome regulations.
>
>He said many faith-based organizations are mom-and-pop operations that have

>a hard time raising funds.
>
>"When the government is dangling $5,000, $10,000 or $100,000 out there, it's

>very hard not to jump at the offer," said Reynalds, whose shelter does not

>receive government funding.
>
>If Joy Junction received government money, it could no longer make it
>mandatory for clients to attend religious education and religious services,

>he said.
>
>Copyright 2001 Albuquerque Journal
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