Sunday, February 08, 2009

Obama Taps Liberal to Head Revamped Faith-based Office


Washington DC, (CNA).- Joshua DuBois, a 26-year-old former associate pastor who handled religious outreach for President Barack Obama’s presidential bid, will head up the administration’s new Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Mr. DuBois, who grew up in Nashville, Tennesse, and Xenia, Ohio, is the stepson of a minister at an African Methodist Episcopal church, a branch of Christianity born in protest against slavery in 1816.

While studying at Boston University, Mr. DuBois became an evangelical Christian and joined Calvary Praise and Worship Center, a small African-American Pentecostal congregation in Cambridge. He became an associate pastor at age 18.

He started his political career as an aide to Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), then took a position as a fellow in the office of Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY), both staunchly pro-abortion. He has also participated in Sojourners, a group of liberal Christians headed by Jim Wallis that claims to be pro-life without working to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Sen. Obama hired DuBois in 2005 to spearhead a religious outreach program in his senate office, and he quickly became Obama's consultant on all faith-related issues.

In 2007, the liberal group "Faith in Public Life" described DuBois as "guarded in discussing his personal positions" on critical issues, especially abortion.

In fact, he resisted disclosing his view on abortion during an interview with the evangelical magazine WORD in 2007. Nevertheless, he has adhered to the "let's move beyond the legal battle and let's reduce abortions" argument that has been promoted by organizations like Catholics United and Catholic in Alliance for the Common Good. Both claim to be non-partisan, but have significant ties with the Democrat Party.

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