Asking Obama to Reform Bush's Faith-Based Initiatives.
In the wake of the National Prayer Breakfast this week, the group Citizens Against Religious Discrimination (CARD) is calling for Obama to address the faith-based initiatives started by the Bush administration. Sarah Posner wrote yesterday at Religion Dispatches:
Obama had made three pledges: to end the exemption allowing federal grantees to discriminate in hiring based on religion; to require houses of worship receiving federal grants to form separate non-profits so that federal funds would not be directed to sectarian organizations; and to put in place oversight and monitoring of proselytizing by federal grantees. As president, Obama decided instead to address instances of employment discrimination on a "case-by-case basis" and to only recommend but not require separate non-profits. The administration has not unveiled any plans to beef up oversight of proselytizing by grantees.At the National Prayer Breakfast Obama claimed that his administration had "turned the faith-based initiative around," but an article at Americans United for Separation of Church and State notes: