Religious Discrimination in Faith-Based Initiatives

May 2, 2004

Source: The Chicago Tribune,1,7967770.column

On May 2, 2004 The Chicago Tribune reported that a serious question arises "when it looks like politicians might have a religious test for deciding whom should receive government services. That question has arisen with new vigor lately, as the White House seeks additional funding for 'faith-based initiatives,' a jewel in President Bush's crown of 'compassionate conservatism.' The charge emerged during 'The Jesus Factor,' an hour-long exploration on PBS' 'Frontline' last week of how George W. Bush became a born-again Christian and whether it effects his policies as president. At issue was the Compassion Capital Fund, which is designed to help organizations successfully apply for federal grants. Of the $100 million that the Department of Health and Human Services has given to the agency, the documentary said, 'no charities run by Jewish, Muslim or other non-Christian faiths' have received money from the fund, although some have applied."