Groups That Are Actively Opposed to the Bush Plan

[ Actively Opposed | Seriously Concerned | Mildly Supportive | Actively Supportive || Undecided ]
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It might sound ironic to some that the most common response from religious groups to Bush's plan to fund faith-based social service work is active opposition. But everyone from

Louis Farrakhan

to

Jesse Jackson

to

Pat Robertson

to

Wiccan

and

Jewish

leaders fall into this category. They might be against the initiative for different reasons, but opposition is opposition.



Liberal religious groups

tend to object to Bush's plan on church-state separationist grounds. At a recent press conference, a

coalition of Jewish groups

warned that the faith-based initiative violates the separation of church and state in a way that could produce "sinful and tyrannical" results.

United Church of Christ

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minister Barry Lynn, who is the head of

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

, is one of the most vociferous and outspoken opponents of the measure. He said: "The president appears to believe that the government should use religion to solve all of the nation's social problems. This approach strikes at the heart of the religious freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment."



A coalition of

pagan

groups recently sent a letter to President Bush echoing this sentiment. It said, "We fear that the funding given to contract-winning faith groups will be used to pay the yearly incomes of persons who may support and spread intolerance or violence based on religious, racial or ethnic supremacist ideals."



Conservatives

, most notably

Robertson

, object to federal funding for faith-based groups for precisely the opposite reason: "If government provides funding to thousands of faith-based institutions but, under a tortured definition of separation of church and state, demands in return that those institutions give up their unique religious activities, then not only the effectiveness of these institutions, but also possibly their very raison d'être, may be lost," Robertson wrote.



Jesse Jackson
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