Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 11, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On February 11, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "social-service leaders and the legal watchdogs who monitor them" are threatening to sue "faith-based groups that take the federal dollars President Bush is touting...Civil-liberties groups would be most likely to sue over allegations of religious coercion of social-service clients or over discriminatory hiring practices among those agencies that seek employees from their own faith." A leader from one of these groups predicts 20 to 30 lawsuits across the country, which will cost religious groups dearly, regardless of the rulings. Another cause for concern about the faith-based initiative is that, in the competition for federal funds, "minority religions will inevitably lose out" to the "religious preference of those in authority."