Confronting Liberal Media Bias
Bush (Balancing out the Liberal Media Bias with information not reported on, nor emphasized or just flat out biased that may have an impact on voters)
"I truly believe the Faith-Based Initiative is one of the most important initiatives of this administration. (Applause.)"-Bush (24 minute video speech 06/26/2008)
"We've laid the foundation for an effort that will continue transforming lives long after I've been back to Texas. (Laughter and applause.)"-Bush (24 minute video speech 06/26/2008)
Faith-Based Initiatives May Continue-"According to Jay Hein, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, both Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain have said positive things about the initiatives. The purpose of the program is to give government funding to a variety of secular and religious charities that work to solve social ills. Approximately 35 governors across the country have begun similar initiatives. Nineteen are Democratic governors and 16 are Republican....Today, 1,000 leaders are attending a two-day Faith-Based and Community Initiatives National Conference in Washington. "The purpose of this national conference is to survey the landscape of the changes that have been made and the progress that's been achieved since the President launched the Faith-Based and Community Initiative during the second week of his first administration," Hein said."-
"On January 29, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the first two Executive Orders of his Administration"-"creating the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives...George W. Bush promised in his first major policy speech as a Presidential candidate, on July 22, 1999, "In every instance where my Administration sees a responsibility to help people, we will look first to faith-based organizations, to charities, and to community groups.""
Mrs. Bush's Remarks at White House Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives-"Here in New Orleans, this strength was seen by the overwhelming response to Hurricane Katrina. Americans contributed over $2.5 billion* in private resources to the recovery effort after the storm....President Bush launched the Faith-Based and Community Initiative in 2001 because he recognized that the spirit of compassion that our citizens have is our very asset when it comes to meeting community needs...Hurricane Katrina damaged or destroyed hundreds of schools in the Gulf region, leaving thousands of students displaced. But today, the vast majority of the schools in New Orleans are up and running, with more than enough room available for children as they start to return home. Around 40 percent of these schools are charter schools, which provide greater flexibility and accountability than traditional public schools. New Orleans has the highest percentage of charter schools than any other city in the United States."!!!
Excerpts of the President's Remarks to Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives' National Conference-"On the Origins of the President’s Faith-Based and Community Initiatives:
During my first campaign for the White House, I was troubled to see so many of our citizens’ greatest needs going unmet. Across our country, the hungry, homeless, sick, and suffering begged for deliverance – and too many heard only silence in reply. The tragedy was that there were good men and women across America who had the desire to help – but not the resources. And because many of them belonged to faith-based organizations, they were often barred from receiving support from the federal government. So I set about to change this with a new approach called "compassionate conservatism."...We have helped level the playing field for faith-based groups and other charities – especially small organizations that had struggled to compete for funds in the past. We have educated religious groups about their civil rights. We have made the federal grant-application process more accessible and transparent. We have trained thousands of federal employees to ensure that the government does not discriminate against faith-based organizations. And we have ensured that these groups do not have to give up their religious character to receive taxpayer money....On the Impressive Results Faith-Based and Community Groups Have Delivered While Revolutionizing the Way Our Government Confronts Some of Today's Biggest Challenges...Faith-based and community groups like yours have also revolutionized the way our government gives prisoners across America a second chance. Nationwide, 44 percent of prisoners are rearrested within one year of their release. Yet among the prisoners you work with through this program, that number is almost three times lower – just 15 percent...On the Important Role Faith-Based Groups Have Played in the Success of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief...When we launched this program in 2003, about 50,000 people in Sub-Saharan Africa were receiving anti-retroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS. Today, we are releasing the newest PEPFAR results – and they show that we now support treatment for nearly 1.7 million. One of the beautiful things about this initiative is that we are also saving babies. To date, PEPFAR has allowed nearly 200,000 African babies to be born HIV-free. These new numbers show that our Emergency Plan is a huge success. Much of the credit goes to our partners who carry out PEPFAR's work – nearly a quarter of them faith-based groups...Americans have volunteered in record numbers. And of the 60 million people who now give their time to others, more than one-third do so through faith-based groups."
President Bush Attends Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives' National Conference-"Thank you very much. Please be seated. (Applause.) How beautiful was that? From being a homeless mother of two to introducing the President of the United States. (Applause.)...You don't know Ramie yet, but you're about to. Ramie was once lost to substance abuse and depression....Today, she's reunited with her daughter, Dawn. She helps other women as a Next Door case manager. And I'd like to tell you what she said. She used the words of Saint Paul: "Old things have passed away; behold, all things are becoming new." (Applause.)...So you applaud for Ramie -- but you're also applauding for those compassionate souls at The Next Door. (Applause.) Faith-based communities -- our faith community is doing a fantastic job of saving lives....the outpouring of love for the American citizens is great. I mean, it is such an honor to represent our country, and to see the hard work of the American citizens and the generosity of the American citizens paying off in the smiling faces that line the road....When we were in Tanzania we went to visit a clinic where a 9-year-old girl was HIV-positive, and she'd lost both her parents to AIDS. And for the last year, Catholic Relief Services had been helping the girl. And her grandmother said this: "As a Muslim, I never imagined a Catholic group would help me like that." And she went on to say, "I'm so grateful to the American people." The United States Senate must follow the lead of the United States House and reauthorize this vital program (PEPFAR)...The island of Zanzibar, which is affiliated with Tanzania, the infection rate has gone from 20 percent of babies born to less than 1 percent of babies born in 16 months. (Applause.)"-24 Minute video of speech.
Fact Sheet: Faith-Based and Community Initiatives: Delivering Help and Hope to Millions at Home and Around the World-"The Faith-Based and Community Initiative has helped level the playing field for faith-based groups and other charities – especially small organizations that had struggled to compete for funds in the past. Federal agencies have issued 15 regulations mandating that faith-based organizations be treated the same as secular groups and has applied these regulations across the Federal Government. It has educated religious groups – as well as thousands of Federal employees – to ensure these rules are fully applied. President Bush and his Administration have advanced policies that yield greater support for faith-based and community groups. Working with Congress, the Administration has: Trained more than 100,000 social entrepreneurs to build their capacity and more effectively engage need. Amended the tax code to provide greater incentives for charitable giving and activities. Established the Compassion Capital Fund to help grassroots nonprofits that serve the needy to increase their effectiveness and reach. Launched the Pro Bono Challenge, a three-year campaign to encourage corporate professionals like accountants and lawyers to share their time and expertise with the nonprofit sector."
Africa, Bush and Values Voters vs Obama, Democrats and Liberal Media for Values Voter contrast
See Darfur, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and Namibia: Americas' Approval Ratings Soaring in Africa, Has Bush done anything right??? and Grandma Behind Bars for more on Faith Based Initiative, Bush and PEPFAR. See how popular President Bush and America are in Africa. Also, see Africa for striking similarities of African Values with those of Values Voters Values on issues like abortion, homosexuality and abstinence and notice the contrast between African/Values Voter Values and those of Obama.
Jamaica and Latin America
Food for the Poor, Inc.-"The 3rd largest International charity in the US is a christian relief and development organization...We have grown to become the foremost provider of aid to the Caribbean and Latin America...Food For The Poor goes to local clergy, missionaries and other church-based social programs of various denominations, and asks them, “What do you need to feed, educate, house and minister to the poor?”...Listen and read more about Jamaica by visiting In Their Own Words and Stories from Mango Valley."-Included are 2 videos and must see before and after pictures!!! See US stinginess in foreign aide?/Organized Christianity abuses power and money?/Big Business' portrayed as corrupt? for more encouraging stories.
Bush Well-Received at National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast-"Latinos of faith are proud of President Bush's accomplishments during the past eight years, said the Rev. Luis Cortes, Jr., president and CEO of Esperanza, the largest Hispanic faith-based evangelical network in the United States..."We are proud that you have, and have had, the largest bilingual education budget in American history," Cortes said...He asked the audience to pray that God will strengthen American families and for every child to grow up in a loving and stable home. "We pray for the day when every child in America is welcomed in life and protected in law," he said. Cortes started the first National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in 2002 as a way for Hispanic faith and community leaders to meet with national policy makers and business leaders in Washington, D.C."
Bush Admin Official Sends Another Letter to Group to Protect Pro-Life Doctors-"A top Bush administration official sent another letter to the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists about their certification requirements regarding abortion. The OBGYN group appeared to relent after Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt issued his initial letter in March. In his first letter, Leavitt said the Bush administration opposes a policy ABOG was considering that could have doing or promoting abortions as part of the formal requirement for physician board certification. The requirement would rely on American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines saying physicians should refer women to another doctor when they refuse to do an abortion or refer to someone who does. That could wind up making many pro-life obstetricians quit their jobs rather than be forced to do abortions. After receiving the letter, ABOG Executive Director Norman F. Gant, MD said that abortion is not an issue for consideration in any of its requirements or exams."-See also Has Bush done anything right??? for Bush and Republicans clear pro-life stand though a Democrat Majority since 2006.