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Professor Esbeck Notes 20th Anniversary of the Faith-Based Initiative

September 9th, 2016

Prof. Carl H. Esbeck

Professor Carl H. Esbeck recently co-wrote an article for the Religious Freedom Institute.

In the blog posting, “Two Decades of Bipartisan Cooperation on Government Funding and Religion…this can’t possibly be about the U.S.,” he surveys the history of Charitable Choice and the glacial impact it has had on government aid to religious charities.

Professor Esbeck writes that it is surprising that “for twenty years now diverse presidential administrations, Democratic, Republican, and then Democratic, have broadly and deeply agreed on the Charitable Choice framework for government funding of social services.”

It began with President Bill Clinton signing four bills with Charitable Choice provision. After George W. Bush became president he created a White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiative, which was modeled after Charitable Choice.

When President Barack Obama took office he continued the Faith-Based Initiative while requiring greater transparency to the grant award process. He also organized a new Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Final regulations were adopted April 2016 that cover all federal departments and agencies educational and social service grants, now awarded without regard to the religious or secular character of the grant applicant.

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