Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 21, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On February 21, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article that brings up one of the biggest problems with Bush's faith-based initiative. "The state cannot be in the business of deciding which faiths pass muster and which do not. If they are law-abiding and their programs are effective, it would seem you have to take them all or take none. You allow proselytizing in all or in none." For example, the Salvation Army "injects its Christian philosophy deep into its programs." If the Salvation Army can do this, the article asked, then won't the same treatment have to be given to other faiths, such as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the Church of Scientology, and Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam, which has a history of anti-Semitism? This "conflict that will only grow as Bush pursues his concept of faith-based social services."