Helen Thomas Tells Bush

Helen Thomas Tells Bush: 'You're Not A Missionary'

Helen Thomas, a Washington journalist whose career has spanned nine presidential administrations, has joined a cavalcade of prominent Americans with serious doubts about President George W. Bush's "faith-based" initiative. Thomas, a Hearst ... Read »

Model For Disaster

Faith-Based Fiascoes Undercut Prospects For Bush Administration Initiative

  In George W. Bush's first address to a joint session of Congress Feb. 27, the president singled out Philadelphia Mayor John Street for effusive praise because of the mayor's role in implementing a citywide "faith-based" program. &quo ... Read »

Faith-Based Folly

Americans Say 'Not So Fast'

President Bush's "faith-based" initiative has provoked concerns and reservations from editorial writers, pundits and prominent leaders from across the religious and political spectrum since its introduction in January. Here are some of the ... Read »

April 2001 People & Events

'Far Right' May Demand Voucher Pilot Bill, Says Whip Tom DeLay The "far right" wing of the Republican majority in Congress may demand action on voucher subsidies for religious schools before agreeing to support other provisions in Pres ... Read »

Robertson, Falwell And Me

Strange Bedfellows At The 'Faith-Based' Hotel?

I've been getting many calls lately about my allegedly new "strange bedfellows." Friends and reporters ask, "How does it feel to be on the same side of an issue as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell?" They've heard that those Re ... Read »

April 2001 AU Bulletin

Supreme Court Skips Graduation Sermon Case A California high school valedictorian who was prohibited from preaching as part of the ceremony at his graduation has failed to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in his case. Chris Niemeyer was co-val ... Read »

Leap Of Faith

Bush "Faith-Based" Initiative Violates Constitution, Subsidizes Religious Discrimination, Critics Charge

During a brief question-and-answer session with the White House press corps Jan. 29, President George W. Bush was asked about his approach to the First Amendment and how his policies may conflict with the religious liberties guaranteed therein. "I ap ... Read »

The Bush 'Faith-Based' Initiative

Why It's Wrong

President George W. Bush has launched a major national drive to give broad-based public funding to churches and other religious groups to provide social services. As part of the administration's crusade, Bush has created a new federal agency, the Off ... Read »

James Madison And Church-State Separation

What The Father Of The Constitution Thought About 'Faith-Based' Government Programs

When a bill officially incorporating an Episcopal church in Washington, D.C., reached President James Madison's desk one day in February of 1811, he knew just what to do: reach for a veto pen. Madison was never one to tolerate any official ties betwe ... Read »

What God Has Put Asunder

James Madison Quotes On Church And State

James Madison wrote frequently about religious freedom and its corollary, the separation of church and state. What follows are some of Madison's best quotations on the subject. Total Separation "[T]he number, the industry, and the morality of th ... Read »