Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

January 29, 2001

Source: Anti-Defamation League


On January 29, 2001, the Anti-Defamation League wrote a letter to President Bush applauding his faith-based initiative, and asking him to "maintain essential constitutional safeguards for protecting both religious organizations and beneficiaries." The safeguards should protect beneficiaries from unwanted proselytizing, protect against government funding of discrimination in hiring and firing practices, ensure that secular alternatives are available, protect against government funding of the religious activities of sectarian organizations, ensure that program recipients comply with the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and ensure that hatemongering groups are not able to receive government funds.