December 11, 2004

"Currently, churches* who seek government contracts must promise not to discriminate or proselytize when they deliver social services. Sects who reject these reasonable terms disqualify themselves for federal support. Now, Bush wants to loosen the standards for government-funded charities. Some liberals are sympathetic to the proposed changes, including Matt Yglesias and Steve Schiffrin. They argue that it is more important to provide for the poor than to insist on the separation of church and state. If this were a real dichotomy, I might agree. But the Bush administration is ransoming the poor to weaken the separation of church and state."

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