TUESDAY
January 30, 2001
volume 12, no. 30

Bush Creates Faith-Based Action Agency

    WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 29, 01 (CWNews.com) - President George W. Bush signed an executive order on Monday establishing a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to facilitate allocation of federal social service dollars to religious groups and charities.

    Bush, answering objections concerning the separation of church and state, said: "We will not fund the religious activities of any group, but when people of faith provide social services, we will not discriminate against them."

    Bush also planned to unveil legislation he will propose to Congress opening all federal grant programs to participation by religious groups. His proposals will also include tax incentives and liability protection to encourage more charitable giving, aides said.

    "Problems like addiction and abandonment and gang violence, domestic violence, mental illness, and homelessness -- we are called by conscience to respond," Bush said during Monday's signing ceremony in the White House's Indian Treaty Room.


January 30, 2001
volume 12, no. 30
USA News
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