While this particular program on behalf of a religious organization is not nearly as bad as the government-sanctioned anti-Semitism run out of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives*, it still is yet another example of why government and religion require a strict separation:
While all earmarks are troublesome to critics like Mr. Ellis, who called the Canvasback gift an “utter indictment of earmarks,” those made for faith-based groups involve special questions about the constitutional borders between church and state.
The Coast Guard ships were given to Canvasback for a secular purpose, providing medical services. But Mr. Spence said Canvasback did not isolate the sales proceeds; instead it mingled them with its general revenues, which also cover activities that include evangelism. And under most court decisions, evangelism cannot be paid for with federal grants.
I do not want my tax dollars subsidizing the establishment of another religion, particularly one that, in the U.S. anyway, manifests itself as an anti-science cult.
*To this day, I do not understand why the Democrats did not make serious political mischief out of this (and it would have the added advantage of being the right thing to do). Get Tom Lantos out there in a short sleeved shirt asking why Jewish organizations were denied funding. Once again, the Democrats are the most hapless political party in recorded history.