Questions linger on faith-based makeover

Decision on hiring discrimination postponed
President Obama has unveiled a revamped White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, but postponed a decision on whether religious groups can discriminate in hiring—an issue that has bedeviled similar government projects.

“The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another—or even religious groups over secular groups,” Obama said in Washington February 5 at the National Prayer Break fast, where he announced the new office. “It will simply be to work on behalf of those organizations that want to work on behalf of our communities, and to do so without blurring the line that our founders wisely drew between church and state.”


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