Op-Ed Articles Respond to Bush's Faith-Based Initiative

January 30, 2001

Source: The Wall Street Journal


On January 30, 2001, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed piece by Stephen Goldsmith, a special advisor to the president for faith-based and not-for-profit initiatives, in which he outlines the principles that he thinks Bush is following in his faith-based initiative. These are the principles: the faith-based programs will serve as an addition to, not a replacement for, government action. Government funds will not subsidize proselytizing. Secular alternatives will be available. Bush also intends to use the tax laws to encourage more charitable giving. Goldsmith concludes by saying that "those most in need [require] support from someone who truly cares about them."