`Faith-based' legislation advances in Georgia. (AU Bulletin).
In March, the Georgia House voted to support a bill to allow faith-based charities to apply for funds the state receives through federal grants. The measure passed with minimal opposition and was endorsed by Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes (D).
At a rally at the state capitol to show support for the issue, Barnes told an audience of religious and community leaders that funding faith-based groups is wise policy.
"We're all people of faith, or should be," Barnes said.
State lawmakers are also considering a measure that would allow voters a chance to vote on weakening the state constitution's provisions on church-state separation.
Currently, Georgia's state constitution has some of the strongest church-state language in the nation, with a provision explicitly stating, "[N]o money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, cult, or religious denomination or of any sectarian institution."
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|Date:||May 1, 2002|
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