February 16, 2021

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on President Biden’s faith-based programs:

President Biden’s decision to appoint Melissa Rogers to head the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is telling. She will also serve as senior director for faith and public policy in the White House Domestic Policy Council. He could not have chosen a more seasoned secularist to steer these faith-based entities.

Rogers may be a Baptist, but it is her secular vision of faith-based programs that will direct her decision-making. This not a matter of speculation. This is her second appointment as director of faith-based programs: Obama chose her to head this initiative in his second term. So we know what we are getting.

When Rogers worked in the Obama White House, her idea of reaching out to faith communities was to invite the Secular Coalition of America to the White House. She welcomed the professional atheists in the name of religious pluralism. As I previously said, this was “akin to welcoming racists in the name of racial harmony.”

Rogers sides with the homosexual agenda against people of faith. Would Rogers would ban Orthodox Jews from exclusively hiring their own to run their day-care centers? Yes she would. Would she oppose Catholic foster-care programs from following Catholic teachings when deciding whom to place children with in adoptive settings? Yes she would.

Rogers doesn’t miss any salient issue. For example, she wants to ban “government-sponsored religious displays.” 

President Biden has a right to appoint whomever he wants to command his faith-based programs. But in choosing Rogers the “devout Catholic” has sent an unmistakable message to people of faith: You lose.

Full story at The Catholic League.