Posts tagged "faith-based funding"

As Goes Iowa: Asking Presidential Candidates the Right Religion Questions

by Andy Kopsa Every four years the national political eye shifts to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses.  With the 2012 presidential election only 15 months away, the campaign frenzy in Iowa has already begun.  Local and national media are eagerly following Republican presidential hopefuls as they glad-hand farmers, eat local delicacies and stump, flanked by American flags, through...

States’ Rights, Towey-Style

Just two days after the AP reported on the first-ever tally of faith-based federal funding — over $1.17 billion in 2003 alone, including a number of grants to groups that don’t consider themselves religious at all — comes another AP story, reporting on President Bush’s intention to persuade states to channel more federal funds to “faith-based organizations.” Jim Towey, the director of the...

Faith-Based Status Quo?

A number of agencies that received federal funding earmarked for faith-based organizations were surprised to find that the government considered them religious groups, as they don’t see themselves that way. Reporters in Iowa, Georgia, Missouri and other states have found that many recipients of the grants were large social service providers that have long received federal money, such...