The recent Executive Order the President signed both ensures that an organization isn’t proselytizing with federal money and protects the religious freedom and identity of the organization. “There’s model guidance coming out for all the agencies across the government to make sure that there’s consistent practice on that in grant making,” according to the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Panel.
Unfortunately, the government never obtained the legal freedom to step in and assist every “mom and pop” soup kitchen across the country. “There are people who don’t believe there should be any role in government helping people, and their voices get loud,” says Max Finberg, Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Red tape and regulations about federal money exist to protect taxpayer interests and ensure that federal money is only being used for work that the government has the legal right to be involved in.
From The Justice Conference 2012.