Saturday, December 06, 2008

Brookings Report Advises Obama On Continuation of Faith-Based Initiative

The Brookings Institution yesterday released a 58-page paper titled Serving People in Need, Safeguarding Religious Freedom: Recommendations for the New Administration on Partnerships with Faith-Based Organizations. Written by Brookings fellow E.J. Dionne, Jr. and Wake Forest Divinity School’s Melissa Rogers, the paper makes sixteen recommendations to the Obama administration for continuing, clarifying, modifying and strengthening President Bush’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative. The report recommends that the new administration ultimately create "a more durable policy regime" for partnering with religious groups so that the ground rules do not change from administration to administration. Brookings has separately posted the "List of Sources" that serve as endnotes to the report.