This past November, President Obama signed an executive order that continues the so-called Charitable Choice program, which permits federal monetary grants to social-service organizations without regard to religion.
The program, which was begun during the Clinton administration, was a brainchild of Professor Carl Esbeck, a law professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. The program allows religious groups to compete for federal grants with other, secular institutions. It has endured, essentially with no changes, through the Bush and Obama administrations.
Among other features, the new executive order clarifies that in applying for federal grants, religious organizations may...READ MORE