Former Chair of White House Faith-Based Council Responds to Trump’s Announcement

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May 3, 2018

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Former Chair of White House Faith-Based Council Responds to Trump’s Announcement
 

Washington, D.C. -- President Donald Trump marked the National Day of Prayer by signing an executive order to create a “faith-based” initiative. The executive order will allow religious organizations to obtain resources from federal government programs.

Rev. Jennifer Butler, Former Chair of the White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and CEO of Faith in Public Life:

“As chair of the Obama administration’s most recent White House Faith Based Council, I hope the council will seek to unify rather than divide. I was proud to serve with a diverse group of religious leaders from different faith traditions, backgrounds and ideologies. Our council thrived because we all believed in the moral and religious responsibility we have to make our communities better.”

“We didn’t use faith to score political points for our preferred candidate, or to gain special privileges for one religion or ideology over others. I encourage the new council to respect the important constitutional boundaries between church and state and to stand up to President Trump’s misguided attacks on vulnerable people. This council should learn from our report on ending extreme poverty in the United States by 2020 and work to meet our nation’s deep moral needs for food security, racial justice and equal treatment of all.”

 

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