NAACP Opposses Faith Based Initiative

New Orleans-Delegates to the 92nd Annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention voted Tuesday to oppose President Bush’s Faith Based Initiative because it allows discrimination on the basis of religion. The emergency resolution was approved during the NAACP 92nd Annual Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kweisi Mfume, NAACP President and CEO said, “The NAACP opposes any and all Faith Based and Charitable Choice initiatives which do not include traditional and well established employment rights, civil rights and anti-discrimination protections that can be enforced by the nation’s court system.”

A faith based bill now before the U.S. Congress would allow religious charities to compete for $8 billion a year in federal social service funds. Charities could refuse to hire people who practice a different faith.

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