Interfaith Alliance - Critic of Faith-Based Inititive Reacts to Nightline Interview

Statement of Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy on President Bush’s Comments on the Faith Base Initiative from Last Night’s Nightline

Washington, DC – Interfaith Alliance President, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement today following the discussion of the faith based initiative on Monday night’s Nightline program on ABC:

“The faith based initiative is the epitome of the polarization of religion and a broad side against the Constitution, and I am disappointed that the issue was glossed over by Nightline. There are many faith based organizations that have been doing good work providing social services long before the faith based initiative came in to being. President Bush’s faith based initiative is a covert effort to steer federal dollars towards organizations that favor the administrations point of view with almost no oversight.

President elect Obama has indicated his intention to continue the faith-based initiative. I wish he would not, but at least he has indicated a willingness to make fundamental changes to the program that will ensure the boundaries between religion and government and ensure proper government oversight.”


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