Sunday, October 19, 2008

The walls come tumbling down...

Bush Aides Say Religious Hiring Doesn’t Bar Aid

By CHARLIE SAVAGE, New York Times
Published: October 17, 2008
WASHINGTON — In a newly disclosed legal memorandum, the Bush administration says it can bypass laws that forbid giving taxpayer money to religious groups that hire only staff members who share their faith.

The administration, which has sought to lower barriers between church and state through its religion-based initiative offices, made the claim in a 2007 Justice Department memorandum from the Office of Legal Counsel. It was quietly posted on the department’s Web site this week.

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