President Bush has urged large corporations and foundations to join government agencies in offering grants to faith-based organizations, adding that the private entities should rewrite their rules if they don’t allow funding of religious charities.
“I believe all of us . . . ought to allow religious organizations to compete and function on an equal basis, not for the sake of faith but for the sake of results,” he told about 1,200 people gathered March 9 for a national conference in Washington sponsored by the White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives.
Bush’s appeal came two days after he signed an executive order to open a center on faith-based and community initiatives to be opened within the Department of Homeland Security—the 11th such office within a federal agency—to help government and religious groups better coordinate relief after hurricanes and other disasters.