|June 1, 2004. Speaking at the First White House National Conference
on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, President Bush declared:
"I believe it is in the national interest that government stand side-by-side with people of faith who work to change lives for the better. I understand in the past, some in government have said government cannot stand side-by-side with people of faith. Let me put it more bluntly, government can't spend money on religious programs simply because there's a rabbi on the board, cross on the wall, or a crescent on the door. I viewed this as not only bad social policy -- because policy by-passed the great works of compassion and healing that take place -- I viewed it as discrimination. And we needed to change it."President Bush signed the Executive Order creating the White House Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives on January 29, 2001.
Copyright © 2004 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.