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Is the White House losing faith in its faith blog?


Authors of the White House's Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Blog appear to have a bad case of writer's block.

The latest blog post on the site dates back to January 16, more than four months ago, and marks Religious Freedom Day. Most of that post discusses the importance of the right to worship, including ensuring this right exists in prisons.

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But the two posts before that deal mostly with other issues. They discuss poverty and preparing for bad storms, and were crossed to the faith blog by the Department of Commerce and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, respectively.

The next original post to the faith blog dates back to November, and is just a few lines noting that the White House plans to celebrate Diwali, a Hindu festival.

President George W. Bush created the White House Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, that office was changed to the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Obama also created an advisory council that is meant to improve the White House's cooperation with religious groups. But the blog has done little to record whatever progress is being made — the site posted just seven original blog posts in all of 2013, and just one original post so far this year.

The faith blog is not the only unproductive White House blog. The Middle Class Task Force, something run by Vice President Joe Biden, hasn't put up a blog post in almost two years.

The last entry under the "Strong Middle Class Blog" was in July 2012, and notes a speech Biden made to seniors about retirement security.

The Office of Urban Affairs blog is also falling short of prolific — its last entry is from June 2012, and notes a new executive director for the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities.

Other sites that do more important things that simply run blog posts are also running at a slow clip. Last year, TheBlaze reported that the Department of Homeland Security's National Terrorism Advisory System had never been used as of April 2013, even after the Boston Marathon bombing.

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