Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 23, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle


On February 23, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle published an editorial on Bush's new faith-based initiative. The editorial pointed out that "the government heads into treacherous territory any time it tries to judge what is and what is not an acceptable religion." Many people put certain religions that are outside the mainstream under the category of cult, but others "argue persuasively that the very definition of a cult is someone else's religion." In addition, the editorial asks, does Bush plan to fund religious groups that preach anti-Semitism or racism?