Obama Cautious on Faith-Based Initiatives
Activists Cite Campaign Pledge, But President Is Slow to Break With Bush Policies
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September 15, 2009, The Washington Post — Candidate Barack Obama drew little attention during last year's presidential campaign when he ventured into the thorny territory of church and state.
While President George W. Bush had expanded government contracts to faith-based groups, Obama promised to end that arrangement if the groups proselytized to the needy they served, or hired only members of that faith.
Today, that campaign pledge -- along with other complex questions of religion and government -- are posing something of a dilemma for President Obama, as he tries to balance increasing pressure from the left to renounce Bush-era policies against a desire to find common ground on social issues.