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|Subject: Re: Defund Catholic Charities?||Date: 10/6/2012 9:17 PM|
|Author: Jeanwa||Number: 1821894 of 2000414|
Why are we funding churches in the first place?
This flies in the face of Separation of Church and State.
And those on the right p|ss and moan about government funding of PBS.
Can only shake my head at the stupidity.
Catholic Charities is not the church. It's a separate not for profit.
The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, formerly the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) is an office within the White House Office that is part of the Executive Office of the President of the United States.
OFBCI was established by President George W. Bush through executive order on January 29, 2001, representing one of the key domestic policies of Bush's campaign promise of "compassionate conservatism." The initiative sought to strengthen faith-based and community organizations and expand their capacity to provide federally-funded social services, with the idea having been that these groups were well-situated to meet the needs of local individuals.
Obama supports it the faith based organizations.
President Barack Obama renamed the office  and appointed Joshua DuBois as its head. He also established an advisory council for the office. The Advisory Council is composed of religious and secular leaders and scholars from different backgrounds.
Safeguards on faith-based organizationsFaith-based organizations are eligible to participate in federally administered social service programs to the same degree as any other group, although certain restrictions on FBOs that accept government funding have been created by the White House to protect separation of church and state.
They may not use direct government funds to support inherently religious activities such as prayer, worship, religious instruction, or proselytization.
Any inherently religious activities that the organizations may offer must be offered separately in time or location from services that receive federal assistance.
FBOs cannot discriminate on the basis of religion when providing services (GAO 2006:13).
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