The ‘faith-based' initiative: Why Americans United say it's wrong
March 2001

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has taken the lead nationally in opposing Bush's faith-based efforts. Here are its 10 reasons why the president's initiative should be rejected. (For a full explanation of each point, visit www.au.org.)

1.Bush's plan violates the separation of church and state.

2.Federally funded employment discrimination is unfair.

3.Religion could be forced on those in need of assistance.

4.Bush's plan opens the door to federal regulation of religion.

5.The vitality of our faith communities will be hurt.

6.Bush's plan pits faith groups against each other.

7.Some religions will be favored over others.

8.There's no proof that religious groups will offer better care than secular providers.

9.Both liberals and conservatives are concerned about Bush's plan.

10.If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization represents 60,000 members and allied houses of worship in all 50 states. The Rev. Barry Lynn, a UCC minister, is executive director.

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