Bush Speaks Out to Support Faith-Based Initiatives

March 4, 2004

Source: The Washington Post


On March 4, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "President Bush yesterday said it was 'essential' that the government reinforce the 'vital work that faith-based organizations can do,' but tried to quell fears of liberals and civil libertarians that church and state would get too cozy. Mr. Bush attended the White House Conference of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Los Angeles Convention Center, using his own story of quitting drinking and growing stronger in his Christian faith as an example others could follow... Mr. Bush said he was frustrated when he first took office that Congress wouldn't advance his faith-based policies, so he started the initiative on his own by executive order in 2001. 'We need to expand' the program, Mr. Bush said.'There are more souls to be saved, and the government's got the resources.' But the president made it clear that his programs keep government from interfering with religion, and religion from improperly infiltrating government."