Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 13, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer


On December 13, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "President Bush signed an executive order in Philadelphia yesterday that bars federal agencies from discriminating against religious organizations when awarding social service money. The order - which circumvents Congress - directs all federal agencies to give equal consideration to both faith-based and secular organizations seeking grants. Bush's directive is aimed at ending what he says is an inconsistent array of policies that made many service providers reluctant to compete for federal money."