ADL calls Obama exec. order 'step forward,' much left to do

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
November 21, 2010 17:02

 
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The Anti-Defamation League on Sunday said an executive order providing new safeguards to prevent engagements between church and state was a “step forward” but one that still “left much important work undone.”

"By blurring the lines between government and religion, the faith-based initiative severely undermined freedom of religion in America,” Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said in a joint statement.

“President Obama's executive order takes some important steps in the right direction toward restoring government and religion to their proper roles. We welcome those steps, which include clarifying that a beneficiary has a right to a non-religious provider of government funded social services, requiring online disclosure of entities that receive funds, and reinforcing the restrictions on using government dollars for explicitly religious activity,” the statement read.

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