Rickie Solinger



…But No Faith in the People

Solinger views plans for the White House Office of Faith Based Action as an engine of exclusion and division, the justification for subordination and supremacy. The essay concentrates on how women stand to lose full access to citizenship status when such faith-based proposals prevail. George W. Bush explained that faith-based initiatives would strengthen anti-abortion work by involving religious institutions in changing the culture of the United States — the inference being that federal money would support only those religious groups that oppose abortion rights. The author argues that women have the possibility of full citizenship only when they can control their own bodies and fertility.

social welfare, faith-based welfare programs, public welfare — United States, United States — religion, women — United States — social conditions

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 28, No. 1 (2001): 11-13