President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday that built on former President George W. Bush's faith-based initiatives office, upholding Bush's policy that faith-based organizations that hire from their own religious group can apply for federal grants.
Obama also laid out specific priorities for the office: poverty reduction, abortion reduction, encouraging fatherhood, and interfaith relations.
Obama tapped Joshua DuBois, a 26-year-old Pentecostal minister who led religious outreach during his campaign, to lead the office Obama renamed the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. DuBois may seek guidance from the Justice Department if questions arise about the legality of potential grant recipients.
"So, say an agency secretary reaches out to us and asks a question about a particular grant recipient," DuBois told Christianity Today. "They will say, 'Hey, can you look into this?' and start that mechanism, and then we'll provide some feedback to them or elevate it to ...1