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Aug 24, 2004
Senator John Kerry, who carries Democratic Party hopes for the White House, said he supports government funding of faith-based initiatives as long as they respect the separation of church and state and do not allow discrimination in hiring.
In comments that were part of his prepared remarks at the African Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference in early July, Kerry said he differs with those who think government should have no role in supporting faith-based groups. “I know there are some who say that the First Amendment means faith-based organizations can’t help government,” he said.
“I think they are wrong. I want to offer support for your efforts, including financial support, in a way that supports our Constitution and civil rights laws and values the role of faith in inspiring countless acts of justice and mercy across our land.”