Title of Presentation: The Golden Calf: Why the Faith-based Initiative Needs to be Sacrificed
Date & Time: Friday, May 31 10:30 am
Location: Mission Bay E
Presentation Summary: The faith-based initiative funnels billions of tax payer dollars to religious organizations that claim to offer social services. The federal government has offered little proof of oversight of this program and the money it has doled out. This has drawn the ire of secular and nontheistic social organizations as well as church-state separation watchdog groups. But what if there was a more nefarious purpose for first the Bush Administration and then the Obama Administration for maintaining the faith-based initiative? Why is it likely this program will never go away no matter what party is in the White House? Amanda will draw back the curtain on what is happening behind the scenes of this program and why every White House will want to keep it going.
Biography: Amanda is the managing director and in-house counsel for American Atheists. She also serves on the boards of the American Humanist Association and the Institute for Humanist Studies. She is author of The Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Guide for Getting Your Voice Heard in Government (Pitchstone 2013). Amanda specializes in constitutional law and grassroots lobbying activism as well as offering talks about qhow the law positively and negatively affects nontheists at work and in life.