Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Autonomy of religious organizations

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 marzo 2010

Washington – A council of religious and secular leaders charged with improving the operations of the White House faith-based office and its partnerships has presented to senior Obama Administration officials recommendations for the office, including a list of 12 proposals that would implement reforms. The 25 members of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships presented more than 60 recommendations from the task force charged with reform of the office and the five other task forces. The reform of the office task force’s 12 specific recommendations aimed to strengthen the constitutional and legal footing of public-private partnerships by clarifying the prohibited uses of direct financial assistance, providing guidance on the protection of religious identity while providing social services and assuring the religious liberty rights of clients and beneficiaries of federal social service funds. The Council’s recommendations made it clear that regulations and guidance regarding the use of federal social service funds should equally emphasize two requirements. First, any explicitly religious activities offered by a provider must be privately funded, separate in time or location from the government-funded program, and, second, nongovernmental providers that receive federal grant or contract funds may maintain their institutional religious identity. The Baptist Joint Committee is a 74-year-old, Washington, D.C.-based religious liberty organization that works to defend and extend God-given religious liberty for all, bringing a uniquely Baptist witness to the principle that religion must be freely exercised, neither advanced nor inhibited by government.

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