Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

December 12, 2002

Source: The Interfaith Alliance


On December 12, 2002 The Interfaith Alliance issued a statement from its Executive Director, Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, which states, "President Bush’s Executive Order, signed today in Philadelphia, represents a step backward in the fight to promote equality for all Americans. The president’s Order, promoting key pieces of his faith-based initiative, not only usurps congressional power but lands as a slap in the face for religious organizations who have struggled to do good work for the needy in their community without government manipulation. Particularly damaging is the component of today’s plan that would allow religious employers to demonstrate discrimination in their hiring."