Gatekeeping Between Government and Religion: Faith-Based Initiative Competition and Supervision
McNabb, Meredith L.
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Communities of the world’s major religions have always incorporated care for others into their central teachings. Politicians have recently seized upon the relative success of these faith-based organizations’ services. Many politicians and citizens see these faith-based services as a potential “outsource” to solve the problems of American poverty. Others see this outsourcing as a violation of the first amendment to the Constitution and the principle of separation between government and religion. In such a highly charged area of controversy, can there be any easy answers? This paper addresses two of the points of controversy: the manner in which groups will be selected to receive government funding and how those groups will be monitored in their use of the funds. [From introductory section]