Not remotely. Look at the words and the meaning. He is not using Religion to tell people how to run their lives or what lifestyles they must choose. He is not using Religion, or the money that backs it to push a Conservative Social Agenda that seeks to bring religious teaching to everyone.
What his plans are, and again they have been published for a while, are to utilize the Religious community in an even more organized fashion to help deal with poverty, hunger and crime. That is a far cry from pushing an "anti gay" or Conservative Social Engineering agenda.
The folks on the left have been doing this for decades, sometimes organized, sometimes as personal commitments. This initiative just takes if further. Nobody on the left will argue with it, balk or vilify it one bit. It is well within the goals of folks on the Left to try and help those who are least able to help themselves.
The folks who might have a hard time are the Conservative Christian Evangelicals who will find that they are not in the driver's seat for this and that their social engineering is not part of the deal.
If this is the big brouhaha of Obama moving to the center to Religious groups, he has NOTHING to worry about.
I dunno, Bear, sounds a lot like:
As he promised during the campaign, President Bush launched his "faith-based" initiative on Monday by establishing a White House office to assist and encourage faith-based organizations is seeking federal funds to combat problems like drug addiction and homelessness.
In a first executive order, Bush created the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. University of Pennsylvania political science professor John Dilulio was named as the head of the new office.
A second related order relieved regulations within the departments of Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Labor and Education which, according to the President, made it difficult for private organizations from seeking federal funds.
In a White House announcement, President Bush stated, "It is one of the great goals of my administration to invigorate the spirit of involvement and citizenship. We will encourage faith-based and community programs without changing their mission. We will help all in their work to change hearts while keeping a commitment to pluralism."
Fending off criticism that the new White House office violated separation of church and state as provided for in the "establishment clause" of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, the Bush Administration assured that use of federal funds for religious purposes will not be allowed.
"It can fund the soup, it can fund the shelter. It shouldn't fund the Bibles, and I think if we maintain that division, we'll be in the right place," stated former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith. President Bush has selected Goldsmith to oversee the AmeriCorps volunteer program and to assume a leadership role in assisting faith-based organizations.