This final rule implements executive branch policy that, within the framework of constitutional church state guidelines, religiously affiliated (or ‘‘faith-based’’) organizations should be able to compete on an equal footing with other organizations for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) assistance. The final rule revises USDA regulations to remove barriers to the participation of faith based organizations in USDA programs and to ensure that these programs are implemented in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Constitution, including the religion clauses of the first amendment. The deadline for comments was March 31 2004 as the regulation was effective August 9 2004. I agree with the proposal because we have begun to move toward a no faith based America. This regulation helps put the church and or faith based organizations back into the mix and on equal footing with everyone else. It would seem then that the direct and indirect funding was being given out in a very discriminating way if this
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First Amendment to the United States Constitution, equal footing, Faith based organizations