Leaders Say Obama Has Tapped Pastor for Outreach Office

Posted by Kendall Harmon

President Obama plans to name Joshua DuBois, a 26-year-old Pentecostal pastor and political strategist who handled religious outreach for the Obama campaign, to direct a revamped office of faith-based initiatives, according to religious leaders who have been informed about the choice.

The office, created by President George W. Bush by executive order at the start of his first term, is likely to have an even broader mandate in the Obama White House, said the religious leaders, who requested anonymity because the appointment has yet to be announced.

The White House declined to comment.

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Posted January 30, 2009 at 6:01 am

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1. William P. Sulik wrote:

Profile of DuBois here:

“Let the reader, where we are equally confident, stride on with me; where we are equally puzzled, pause to investigate with me; where he finds himself in error, come to my side; where he finds me erring, call me to his side. So that we may keep to the path, in love, as we fare on toward Him, ‘whose face is ever to be sought.’”

—Augustine of Hippo, The Trinity 1.5

January 30, 10:02 am | [comment link]
2. Rick in Louisiana wrote:

This is going to sound harsh. But I am becoming convinced that for Pres Obama religion is basically a tool (a means toward a particular social-political-economic vision). A nicer way to put that is he views religion almost exclusively in pragmatic terms. See http://www.sanctusbenedictus.com/2009/01/obama-and-religion-its-nothing-personal.html.

And what did Jim Wallis say recently? That they would “clear the way for change” on behalf of the Obama Administration? About a week ago mentioned on this very website.

How ironic that the somewhat liberal scholar Walter Brueggemann (whom generally I admire) wrote Israel’s Praise: Between Ideology and Doxology - because methinks we are beginning to see religion as ideology (in the context of the book ideology as “support for those in power”). (By the way it is an excellent book although I disagree with some of his conclusions. I do not think he takes sufficiently into account the canonical arrangement of the psalter.)

January 30, 1:17 pm | [comment link]

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