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April 26, 2018

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Funding the Faithful: Questions Facing Charitable Choice
Last Featured: 12/25/2001

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Should a church, synagogue or mosque that feeds the hungry and houses the homeless be eligible for federal funding or would that allow religions to use taxpayer money to proselytize? ###In 2001, President George W. Bush set up the White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to help religious institutions that provide social services compete for federal dollars. While some faith-based groups believe it is high time the government stop discriminating against them in federal funding schemes, others worry the initiative will lead to excessive entanglement and government regulation of religion.

Robert Destro is a professor at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He co-authored a leading law school textbook called “Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society.” From 1983 to 1989, Destro served on the US Commission on Civil Rights where he led the Commission’s discussion on discrimination on the basis of disability, national origin and religion. Before that, he was General Counsel to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. Destro received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Brent Walker is the Executive Director and former General Counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs, a coalition of 14 national, regional and state Baptist organizations. An ordained minister, Walker left his partnership at a Tampa law firm to enter the Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he received his masters in divinity. He’s an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and a frequent speaker on church-state issues.

Closing Quote
"We are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside but that will be only an initial act. One day the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be beaten and robbed as they make their journey through life. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar, it understands that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring."

— Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Bush 'Faith-Based' Initiative: Why it's Wrong
“Bush Puts Faith in a Social Service Role”
Esbeck, “A Constitutional Case for Governmental Cooperation with Faith-Based Social Service Providers
Executive Order: Establishment of White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Faith Based & Community Initatives (FBCI)
“Guide to Charitable Choice” The Center for Public Justice
Lewis and Farina, “Tax-Exempt Bond Financing for Faith-Based Institutions: The New Constitutional Climate”
President Bush and Faith-Based Initiatives: AU (Americans United for Separation of Church and State) Report and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
“What is Charitable Choice?” The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
Funding the Faithful: A Dialogue on Government Funding of Faith-Based Social Services
The Poor Belong to Us : Catholic Charities and American Welfare
by Dorothy M. Brown, Elizabeth McKeown, Elizabeth McKeon (Contributor)
Who Will Provide?: The Changing Role of Religion in American Social Welfare
by Mary Jo Bane (Editor), Brent Coffin (Editor), Ronald Thiemann (Editor)
Freedom of Religion
“O, Christmas Tree”: Religion in the Public Square
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