White House Panel :: Doesn’t the Faith Based Initiative violate separation of church and state?

  • “Strengthening the constitutional footing has been…one of our chief priorities,” according to the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Panel. When money isn’t involved, many of the constitutional concerns become irrelevant. For instance, simply providing faith-based organizations with information is certainly not a violation of the separation of church and state. When it comes to grants, there are very strict guidelines about how money is (and isn’t) supposed to be used.

    Finally, doing good is doing good, whether it’s done by a faith-based or secular organization, and development agencies want to work with organizations that are doing good. “At the Agency for National Development, faith-based partners are some of our biggest partners,” says Zeenat Rahman, Acting Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerhips at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

    From The Justice Conference 2012.

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