The disaster in Haiti has volunteers and charities working overtime, both secular and religious. Sharing the US Government’s attention is talks among President Obama’s faith council regarding religious symbols and federal funding.
Basically what they’re discussing is whether or not church-run charity programs which receive money from the government should be allowed to display whichever symbol applies to the church in question. One of the suggestions is to hold charity work in whichever room they have which is already religion-neutral, while another states that if they don’t already have a non-religious room they shouldn’t have to change anything.
If, for example, the Baptist church on my block ran a Food Pantry and was given a stipend by the government, should they have to remove any crosses or religious pamphlets from the room in which they serve the public? Does receiving donations from the government turn your charity’s base of operation into public property?
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