In his annual State of the Union address on Monday, President Bush touted his administration’s commitment to faith-based charities. “Faith-based groups are bringing hope to pockets of despair,” he said, “with newfound support from the federal government.”
The president’s commitment to those groups may not be as strong as he’d like Americans to believe. In an article for the Washington Independent, Matt Mahurin writes that many faith-based leaders think that the president has over-promised and under-delivered on his commitments. David Kuo, a former director of the office of faith-based initiatives, says that the president’s efforts have been “pure politics” with disappointing results.