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Obama’s ‘Faith’ Proposal Fueling Anxiety Among Jewish Groups

The Jewish Week, Posted: Jul 09, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jewish political organizations are expressing concern about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s stance on faith-based initiatives, which allows funding for churches to offer social services, including job training, childcare and food relief. Obama recently endorsed the initiatives on the condition that churches could not discriminate based on religion in their hiring. Jewish groups remain anxious about the possibility of religious proselytizing and hiring based on religion. They say it is difficult to create a wall between the religious and social service functions. Obama’s position is seen as an attempt to appeal to Catholics, Evangelicals and African-Americans, who would all benefit from the funding of faith-based programs.


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