Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: American Civil Liberties Union


On December 12, 2002 the American Civil Liberties Union reported that "President Bush's Executive Order directing federal agencies to make tax dollars available to religious organizations is unnecessary and dangerous... [T]he American Civil Liberties Union of Florida today voiced its strong opposition to the President’s plan. Rather than wait for Congress to approve legislation that has been stalled in the Senate, President Bush issued a sweeping executive order today directing federal agencies to let religious charities compete for social service grants. His plan removes federal guidelines for professional services performed by religious organizations. As a result, religious groups would be able to decide who gets priority for services and what services are actually provided."