Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 28, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On February 28, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Jewish groups are expressing strong reservations about President Bush's" new faith-based initiative. Their biggest concern is that the government will compromise the separation between church and state by funding social services with religious content. "Many Jews already feel like outsiders in a pluralistic-faith society, and they don't want Bush's initiative to encourage Southern Baptists, for example, in their stated mission to convert Jews to Christianity...Other concerns with the initiative [include] whether the government would be forced to fund ministries that preach a message of hate or discrimination; who in government would make the decisions about awarding federal grants to religious groups; and whether alternatives to faith-based providers would be available to all clients."