BUSH ADMINISTRATION AWARDS (M) MILLIONS TO RELIGIOUS CHARITIES - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

10/4/2002 - Washington

BUSH ADMINISTRATION AWARDS (M) MILLIONS TO RELIGIOUS CHARITIES

The Bush administration has awarded 25 (m) million dollars to 21 faith-based and community groups. Recipients range from United Way and public universities to religious charities, including the Reverend Pat Robertson's Operation Blessing. The Compassion Capital Fund has not been officially established by Congress, where President Bush's faith-based initiative is stalled. But last year, lawmakers gave the Department of Health and Human Services 30 (m) million dollars to help effective local charities. The Reverend Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State calls the faith-based grants a "gigantic slush fund" for favored groups. But H-H-S Secretary Tommy Thompson says the Bush administration won't discriminate against charities just because they're religious.
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