FW: [FFRF in the News] Madison Group Suing Federal Government Over Faith-Based Initiative
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>Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2005 08:50:30 -0800
>FFRF in the News
>"Madison Group Suing Federal Government Over Faith-Based Initiative"
>January 3, 2004
>The following Associated Press story, about faith-based organizations
>receiving federal funding in Wisconsin, reports on the Freedom From
>Religion Foundation's faith-based lawsuit. The text of the article follows
>after the link.
>Madison Group Suing Federal Government Over Faith-Based Initiative
>January 3, 2005
>Faith-based organizations in Wisconsin received more than $12 million in
>federal grants from the Bush administration in 2003 to deliver services
>ranging from abstinence education to housing assistance.
>President George Bush announced his faith-based initiative early in his
>presidency to give religious organizations equal footing in competing for
>The Associated Press reviewed records that provide details for the first
>time on what religious groups have received federal money through the
>In Wisconsin, the money was divided among 21 religious organizations. Many
>of them provide housing assistance for the poor or homeless.
>AP interviews with 19 of the 21 grant recipients found that only two groups
>say religion is an optional part of their programs. One group says while
>its values are woven into the curriculum, there's nothing overtly religious
>about what they do.
>Federal rules governing the money prohibit organizations from requiring
>participants to engage in a religious activity.
>The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal
>lawsuit claiming the Bush administration illegally favors religious groups
>for federal contracts, violating the First Amendment.
>Catherine Marian Housing, Racine, $110,107, HUD
>Catholic Community Services Inc., Superior, $20,000, HUD
>City of Madison (fiscal agent for two groups: Porchlight Inc. and Housing
>Initiatives Inc.), $750,000, HUD
>*Community Advocates, Milwaukee, $22,355, Department of Education
>Edgewood College, $220,672, Department of Justice
>HOLIE Inc., Milwaukee, $3.6 million, HUD
>Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ, $676,598, two grants
>Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Madison Area, $109,992, HUD
>Lutheran Social Services, Eau Claire, $1.4 million, seven grants from HHS
>and the Department of Housing and Urban Development
>Lutheran Social Services, Superior, $15,974, HHS
>Marion House, Green Bay, $131,579, Department of Health and Human Services
>Milwaukee Boys & Girls Club, Milwaukee, $1 million, HHS
>Milwaukee Christian Center, $226,000, HUD
>Opportunities Industrialization Center of Greater Milwaukee, $848,309, two
>grants from HHS
>Rosalie Manor, Milwaukee, $609,478, HHS
>Racine Vocational Ministry, $63,311, HUD
>St. Coletta of Wisconsin, Inc., Jefferson, $780,500, HUD
>The Salvation Army, Madison, $123,193, HUD
>The Salvation Army, Milwaukee, $762,293, HUD
>Transitional Living Services Inc., Racine, $515,909, HUD
>Unified Catholic School of Oshkosh Inc., $244,557, Department of Education
>*Community Advocates received the grant for its Parents Plus program,
>designed to increase parent involvement in schools; officials said they are
>not a faith-based organization. The group subcontracts with the Institute
>for Transformation of Learning at Marquette University in Milwaukee, a
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