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26 Year Old to Head Obama's Faith Office
ABC News ^ | January 30, 2009 10:38 AM | Teddy Davis

Posted on 01/30/2009 11:18:08 AM PST by lewisglad

Josh Dubois, the 26 year-old who ran religious outreach for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, has been tapped by the new president to head the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a White House aide tells ABC News.

Dubois, who previously worked as an associate pastor for a small Pentecostal church in Massachusetts, was drawn to Obama in 2004 when he heard the future president tell the Democratic National Convention that, "We worship an awesome God in the Blue States."

After hearing that line, DuBois tried to work on Obama's US Senate campaign but was rejected. Following Obama's election to the U.S. Senate from Illinois, DuBois kept pushing for a job and got hired as a Senate aide.

Part of his job was focused on building relationships with religious leaders, especially evangelical Christians who were dissatisfied with the GOP's approach to economic justice, the use of force, and environmental protection.

The progressive religious community, which has worked closely with DuBois, learned about the pick a few days ago. Initially, the president's staff was declining to comment but the White House is now confirming the selection.

One key question DuBois will have to help Obama address is whether the new administration should rescind a legal memorandum from the Bush administration which allows religious organizations that receive public funds to hire only those who share their faith.

During his presidential run, Obama said that those receiving government funds should not proselytize the people they help nor should they discriminate in hiring practices on the basis of religion.

Where there are state or local laws prohibiting hiring decisions from being made on the basis of sexual orientation, Obama has said he would support those laws being applied to the federally funded portion of the faith-based programs.

DuBois, whose stepfather is a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, has lived in several places including Maine, where he was born, Massachusetts, where he spent his first few years, Tennessee, which he considers his home, and Ohio, where he attended high school.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University and his master's degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He was enrolled in law school at Georgetown University's Law Center when he left to work for Obama in his Senate office.

As detailed in a Boston Globe profile of DuBois which ran this past summer, his social and religious activism was sparked as a 17-year old freshman at BU when a New York jury acquitted four police officers whose 41 bullets had killed an unarmed immigrant named Amadou Diallo.

DuBois wrote "NO MORE" on a placard and stood in front of a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr., in Massachusetts, for 41 hours to draw attention to the 41 shots which were fired.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: agenda; bho44; dncfalseprophets; dubois; faithbased; falseprophets; joshdubois; obamaandgod; religiousleft
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1 posted on 01/30/2009 11:18:09 AM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

I really don’t understand how any christian could be drawn to a man like Obama?


2 posted on 01/30/2009 11:19:39 AM PST by Edizzl79 (you want my guns..come and get em...I dare ya....)
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To: lewisglad

“We worship an awesome God in the Blue States.”

That would be the current “messiah” in the WH, right?


3 posted on 01/30/2009 11:19:53 AM PST by max americana
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To: lewisglad

The new Reich Bishop?


4 posted on 01/30/2009 11:19:53 AM PST by Natural Law
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To: lewisglad

“As detailed in a Boston Globe profile of DuBois which ran this past summer, his social and religious activism was sparked as a 17-year old freshman at BU when a New York jury acquitted four police officers whose 41 bullets had killed an unarmed immigrant named Amadou Diallo.”

All I needed to know.


5 posted on 01/30/2009 11:20:00 AM PST by SMCC1
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To: lewisglad
What, he's a Pentecostal?? Like Palin was, when she was painted as a lunatic? Does Dubois speak in tongues?? Does he have spiritual fits? What an unbelievable hypocrisy!!!
6 posted on 01/30/2009 11:21:36 AM PST by americanophile
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To: Natural Law
Looks like another 'community organizer'


7 posted on 01/30/2009 11:21:44 AM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

Race trumps right to life?


8 posted on 01/30/2009 11:21:57 AM PST by Aria ("An America that could elect Sarah Palin might still save itself." Vin Suprynowicz)
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To: lewisglad

He has more experience than ‘Bama so what the hell?


9 posted on 01/30/2009 11:22:16 AM PST by MahatmaGandu (Remember, remember, the twenty-sixth of November.)
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To: lewisglad
Title should read

26 Year Old Pastor to Head Obama's Faith Office

10 posted on 01/30/2009 11:22:34 AM PST by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: Nightshift; tutstar

later


11 posted on 01/30/2009 11:23:15 AM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping list - freepmail me to get on or off.)
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To: Natural Law

True Conservatives knew Bush’s “Faith initiative” is a bad idea. Now look who gets to run it.

Obama has long been a vocal proponent of the past Administration’s faith funding policy.


12 posted on 01/30/2009 11:23:44 AM PST by Boiling Pots (Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious)
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To: lewisglad
...and how can a Democratic president of the United States have a 'faith office?' Where's the ACLU, and the People for the American Way, and all the other radical secularist groups. Why doesn't Newdow sue over this??? Where's the wall of seperation?

Purely rhetorical points of course, we all know the answer.

13 posted on 01/30/2009 11:25:04 AM PST by americanophile
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To: lewisglad

I wonder if this young feller has a “domestic partner”.


14 posted on 01/30/2009 11:25:08 AM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: lewisglad

Faith based? Which faith?


15 posted on 01/30/2009 11:25:34 AM PST by azishot
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To: Edizzl79
I really don’t understand how any christian could be drawn to a man like Obama?

What makes you assume they're Christian to begin with? Because they belong to a "Christian" church? I can spout all sorts of "Christian" churches that are that in name only.

16 posted on 01/30/2009 11:25:52 AM PST by bcsco (Illinois politicians should be read their Miranda rights when sworn in to office...)
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To: lewisglad
Dubois, who previously worked as an associate pastor for a small Pentecostal church in Massachusetts, was drawn to Obama in 2004 when he heard the future president tell the Democratic National Convention that, "We worship an awesome God in the Blue States."

So the guy worked as a pastor? Then a few paragraphs below, they list his academic credentials ending with him going to work for Obama. Wonder when he worked as a pastor, he's only 26.

DuBois, whose stepfather is a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, has lived in several places including Maine, where he was born, Massachusetts, where he spent his first few years, Tennessee, which he considers his home, and Ohio, where he attended high school. He earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University and his master's degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He was enrolled in law school at Georgetown University's Law Center when he left to work for Obama in his Senate office

17 posted on 01/30/2009 11:26:01 AM PST by dawn53
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To: lewisglad

Wonder what god he’s referring to, if only the blue states worship it. Red states must be worshipping something or someone different I guess.


18 posted on 01/30/2009 11:27:49 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Boiling Pots

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”

*sigh* You just can´t make it any more clear than that.


19 posted on 01/30/2009 11:28:04 AM PST by villagerjoel ("Gun control is a prerequisite for genocide." - Unknown)
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To: lewisglad

I think I understand:

If GWB or some other “R” is president, “faith based initiatives” are BAD, and they violate the “constitutional mandate” on separation of church and state.

BUT.... When the Obamamessiah is president, “faith based initiatives” are a great idea and we should all be happy he came up such an original idea for saving federal welfare dollars.


20 posted on 01/30/2009 11:28:19 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Edizzl79

I don’t understand it either.
I think maybe this guy is more in love with Obama’s skin color than his religious beliefs.


21 posted on 01/30/2009 11:28:49 AM PST by texaschick
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To: Edizzl79

Matthew 7:20
So you’ll recognize them by their fruit.


22 posted on 01/30/2009 11:29:12 AM PST by Taxbilly
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To: lewisglad
Obama has already failed the test of reaching out to Christians. He used them to get elected. He is THE MOST PRO-ABORTION POTUS in the history of the U.S. His policies will lead to the mass slaughter of tens of millions of the unborn. Those that assisted him, like Rick Warren should be held responsible.
23 posted on 01/30/2009 11:30:36 AM PST by utahson
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To: lewisglad

Does he cling to his religion?


24 posted on 01/30/2009 11:31:12 AM PST by Redgirl (Denial Anger Bargaining Depression Acceptance)
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To: Boiling Pots
True Conservatives knew Bush’s “Faith initiative” is a bad idea. Now look who gets to run it.

Exactly.

When Bush installed the position in the WH conservatives applauded with not even considering that a future Democratic president would get to install his own guy in the job.

25 posted on 01/30/2009 11:31:22 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at I00 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: lewisglad
My God...would the last person with American Values leaving the White House please grab the flag?

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26 posted on 01/30/2009 11:32:07 AM PST by IrishPennant (Patriotism is strongest when accompanied by bad politics, loyal FRiends and great whiskey)
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To: bcsco

Socialism is EASILY refuted as unChristian.

Just step through the “horizontal” commandments, for one.

And here’s the real kicker:
2 Corinthians 9:7
7 You should each give what you have decided in your heart to give. You shouldn’t give if you don’t want to. You shouldn’t give because you are forced to. God loves a cheerful giver.

Nothing could say “socialism isn’t Godly” than this one passage.


27 posted on 01/30/2009 11:32:23 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: lewisglad
This guy left the ministry to follow Barry....pretty much tells you where his faith lies.
28 posted on 01/30/2009 11:33:01 AM PST by svcw (Great selection of gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: Boiling Pots

It was a terrible idea. Like most “initiatives.” We all knew that once the leadership changed it would be run by a different crowd, who would just turn it into another stop on the (secular) socialist gravy train.


29 posted on 01/30/2009 11:36:29 AM PST by americanophile
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To: villagerjoel
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”

Well, perhaps if Conservatives would have stood-up against Bush's creation of the Faith Based White House Office, the job would have never been created and Obama would not have to fill that job.

30 posted on 01/30/2009 11:38:12 AM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at I00 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: lewisglad

ACORN.


31 posted on 01/30/2009 11:41:49 AM PST by popdonnelly (The problem with Obama is that he believes his own hype.)
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To: lewisglad

To the victors belong the spoils.


32 posted on 01/30/2009 11:44:53 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: lewisglad
I can't get any real information on Josh Dubois. All the sites have been denied because of web filtering by my company.
33 posted on 01/30/2009 11:51:09 AM PST by jonrick46
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To: Edizzl79

Money and power.


34 posted on 01/30/2009 11:52:31 AM PST by odin2008 (EVIL TRUMPHS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING)
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To: lewisglad

Is that Josh Hussein DuBois?


35 posted on 01/30/2009 11:57:37 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

Here are some links, haven’t checked any out yet:

http://www.opposingviews.com/articles/news-obama-to-appoint-pastor-josh-dubois-to-faith-based-post

http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/content/news/2007/01/prodigal_party_what_party_of_s.html

http://www.blackchristiannews.com/news/2008/09/josh-dubois-religious-affairs-director-f.html

http://news.google.com/news?q=Josh+Dubois&rls=com.microsoft:*&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&sa=X&oi=news_result&resnum=4&ct=title

http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/blog/faithactionchangehq

http://streetprophets.com/tag/Josh%20DuBois


36 posted on 01/30/2009 12:00:46 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: little jeremiah

Liberal socialist “Christian”.


37 posted on 01/30/2009 12:10:24 PM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: lewisglad

He is now going to get paid.


38 posted on 01/30/2009 12:16:54 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Join the Constitution Party)
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To: WayneS

“they violate the ‘constitutional mandate’ on separation of church and state.”

I am unfamiliar with the mandate of which you speak.


39 posted on 01/30/2009 12:39:20 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: lewisglad

Hmmm... So I guess Obama’s “Operation Joshua Generation” WASN’T about stealing an idea from Christians, and didn’t have ANYTHING to do with the Biblical Joshua either! Now we know that this aspect of the campaign was most likely named after the person who RAN it...

Typical liberal idea that a religious outreach program would be named after the MAN running it!


40 posted on 01/30/2009 12:40:40 PM PST by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ Pro-Palin & NObama Gear : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: popdonnelly
ACORN.

Close. Try the Gamaliel Foundation, the religious equivalent of ACORN, and another organization with which Obama has been deeply involved.

It's long, but this article by Stanley Kurtz at NRO pretty much lays it all out:

Senator Stealth - How to advance radical causes when no one’s looking.

41 posted on 01/30/2009 12:42:39 PM PST by browardchad
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To: Tublecane

Did you SEE the quotation marks around the phrase?

Sheesh.


42 posted on 01/30/2009 12:45:23 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Boiling Pots

I agree with you. Too many people do NOT think about how the things they support when a Republican is in power will work when a pure Socialist comes in. I try to point out the same thing to liberals — things may sound great when they “trust” the one running it, but they never think about human nature, and how the power they give will eventually be used against them.

(Incidently, I still feel bad about accusing you of being a troll shortly before the election. Many of your posts that I’ve read over the last few weeks I’ve agreed with. So, again, my apologies to you for that.)


43 posted on 01/30/2009 12:46:07 PM PST by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ Pro-Palin & NObama Gear : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: MrB

Thank you for sharing that passage. Being forced into “good deeds” helps no-one. You cannot learn the lessons of generosity and such by being forced to do things.


44 posted on 01/30/2009 12:48:05 PM PST by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ Pro-Palin & NObama Gear : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: utahson

Never fear — even if they are not held responsible by MAN, they will have to answer for their actions when it REALLY counts — when they come face-to-face with He who made us... Sometimes remembering that is the only thing that gets me through the day.


45 posted on 01/30/2009 12:49:45 PM PST by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ Pro-Palin & NObama Gear : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: LibertyRocks

I’ve discovered that most of God’s laws are for our own benefit,

including the command to work and give the first 10th of your earnings to charity, willingly.

Forced “sharing of the wealth” doesn’t do your heart/soul any good at all. But, it does make those who pat themselves on the back for “caring” feel better about themselves.


46 posted on 01/30/2009 12:51:40 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: WayneS

“Did you SEE the quotation marks around the phrase?”

Are you unfamiliar with the old “of which you speak” game? My response was not aimed at you so much as at people who take things like seperation of church and state for granted. It’s fun to pretend that other people’s beliefs are outlandish.

Try it sometime. When someone brings up the “wall of seperation” in casual conversation, you respond by asking, with a straight face, “Where did you get such strange ideas? Can you recommend any books on this subject?”


47 posted on 01/30/2009 1:01:45 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

That’s fine, but you don’t need to play that “game” with me because I already know that no such mandate exists. And I THOUGHT my post made that pretty clear.


48 posted on 01/30/2009 1:04:13 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: WayneS

“And I THOUGHT my post made that pretty clear.”

It did. This wouldn’t be the first time someone used somebody else’s post to make their own point.


49 posted on 01/30/2009 1:08:20 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: utahson
He is THE MOST PRO-ABORTION POTUS in the history of the U.S. His policies will lead to the mass slaughter of tens of millions of the unborn. Those that assisted him, like Rick Warren should be held responsible.

That. And more.

50 posted on 01/30/2009 1:15:11 PM PST by vox_freedom ("If God be for us, who is against us?" -- Romans 8:31)
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