Religious Leaders Debate Over Faith-Based Initiative Implementation

March 25, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On March 25, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "an array of church organizations took opposing sides before Congress on Tuesday over a Bush administration proposal to increase access to federal housing money for religious groups who provide social services... The proposal comes close to violating the constitutional divide between church and state and doesn't prevent groups that receive money [from] discriminating against people of other faiths, said the Rev. Wendell Anthony, pastor of Fellowship Chapel in Detroit. He is affiliated with the United Church or Christ, and representatives from Baptist and Jewish organizations also opposed the [proposal]."