Government Incompetence

Jim Wallis 6-15-2011

Tough choices are now upon us -- but they must be smart, courageous, and compassionate. 

Belinda Passafaro 9-01-2007

The broken immigration system is a spiritual issue.

Rose Marie Berger 6-01-2007
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker talks about Katrina, bubble baths, and the art of remembering.
Jim Wallis 4-01-2007
Scripture suggests a clear role for government in ensuring the common good.
Rose Marie Berger 4-01-2007
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WHEN DISASTER STRIKES, churches—from the conservative Southern Baptist Convention to the liberal United Church of Christ—are among the first to respond. However, as Katrina so painfully revealed, churches and charities—no matter how much they give—can't build levees (though neither, apparently, can the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers).

Many faith-based disaster relief agencies are using 9/11 and Katrina as stark comparisons of how government should—and shouldn't—respond to disasters. A May 2006 Urban League report highlighted the differences: "The state response was strong after September 11, and the nonprofit sector tried to work alongside the government as well as fill in the gaps the government left behind, both short and long term. With Katrina, in contrast, the immediate state response was weak, and the nonprofit sector had neither the organizational structure nor the resources to meet immediate needs."

In disaster relief, efficient, well-organized faith-based organizations work best as an adjunct to a strong, responsive, and accountable state.

E.J. Dionne Jr. 4-01-2007

America's religious communities and the battle over government.

Molly Marsh 4-01-2007

Taking the church's temperature on health care.

Ronald J. Sider 4-01-2007

A biblical perspective on the role of government.

On the first anniversary of Katrina, New Orleans is grateful for the kindness of strangers, but worried about those levees.

Ed Spivey Jr. 12-01-2005
FEMA has announced a bold new initiative: Third Responders.
Duane Shank 4-01-2005

For political strategist Grover Norquist, tax policy is just a means to a brutish end.