Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Muslim Community Conditionally for Faith-Based Initiative

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Muslim Community Conditionally for Faith-Based Initiative

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MUSLIM COMMUNITY CONDITIONALLY FOR FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE

The American Muslim Council held a March 12 forum/workshop at Georgetown University to discuss the pros and cons of President George W. Bush's Faith Based Initiative. Supporters of the initiative, Rev. Mark Scott (White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives), Dr. James Skillen (Center for Public Justice), and Forest Montgomery (National Association of Evangelicals) presented their views. Melissa Rogers (Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs), Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy (the Interfaith Alliance) and Elliot Minchberg (People for the American Way) presented the opposing viewpoint.

In order to gauge the Muslim community's opinion regarding the president's initiative, the American Muslim Council conducted a survey. The polling of 912 men and women ended on March 27. According to the survey, presented to reporters on April 11, three-quarters of the community showed support for the initiative, agreeing with it in principle but remaining concerned over details surrounding its implementation.

A larger number, 83 percent, stated that they would support using public funding for faith-based organizations to perform social service work if the government does not interfere in the character and mission of those religious organizations. …

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