Source: USA TODAY
On January 30, 2003 USA TODAY reported that "President Bush's State of the Union address underscored a striking element of his presidency: the extent to which he is influenced by his Christian faith. In policy proposals and word choices, he showed the public face of his private beliefs... Many Americans welcome Bush's spiritual approach and find it reassuring. But some civil libertarians are gearing up to halt what they see as the most threatening part of Bush's agenda: his drive to funnel federal money to religious groups. They see it as an assault on the constitutional wall between church and state. 'It's unheard of in American history,' says Barry Lynn, a United Church of Christ minister and head of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Lynn says it will take years in courts and Congress to sort out the argument."