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Unformatted text preview: Hein v. Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. (2007) Facts: In 2001, President G.W. Bush issued an executive order creating the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. The aim of this program was to ensure that private and charitable community groups, including religious ones have the fullest opportunity permitted by law to compete on a level playing field (as long as they achieve valid public purposes and adhere to the principles of pluralism, nondiscrimination, evenhandedness, and neutrality) for federal funding. In separate executive orders, the President created centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives within several federal agencies. No congressional legislation specifically authorized the creation of the centers or appropriated funds for them, their activities were funded through general executive branch appropriations. Freedom from Religious Foundation, a group of atheists and agnostics brought a suit claiming that the executive order was promoting the...
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2008 for the course POSC 340 taught by Professor Auerbach during the Fall '07 term at USC.
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