Thursday, December 04, 2008

Roundtable Releases 2008 Report: Legal Developments In Faith-Based Initiative

On Tuesday, the Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy announced the release of The State of the Law-- 2008, a report on legal developments affecting government partnerships with faith-based organizations. This is the seventh, and last, of the reports on the Bush Administration's Faith-Based and Community Initiative that have been written annually by Law Professors Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle. The report's Executive Summary concludes:
Partnerships between government and faith-based organizations did not begin with the Administration of George W. Bush, but the past eight years have involved an intense effort to expand such partnerships into new shapes and programs, and those efforts have borne significant fruit. The rules governing relationships between the state and religious organizations have been refined and clarified in ways that could not have been predicted on January 20, 2001.... We very much doubt that faith-based organizations will ever again be categorically disqualified from partnering with government in delivering social services.
The Roundtable's website contains extensive additional information on the faith-based social services.