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White House Picks Baptist Church-State Expert To Head Faith-Based Office

(Updated) Melissa Rogers will take over for Joshua DuBois, who resigned last month.
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Update (4:10 p.m.): Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance (IRFA) president Stanley Carlson-Thies has released a statement voicing his support for Rogers in her new role.

However, he notes one caveat:

Many faith-based organizations will be very uneasy about Rogers' view that their right to hire on a religious basis should be limited in any program they operate using government funds. Such a universal limit would be unprecedented and would cause many of the government's current and most-valued service partners to have to walk away.

The Interfaith Alliance, Baptist Joint Committee, Sojourners president Jim Wallis, and Anti-Defamation League all also have released statements on Rogers' appointment.

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(Update, 9:20 a.m.): A call to CT from White House Office of Communications specialty media director Shin Inouye confirmed Rogers' appointment.

In addition, today's Politico Playbook includes a statement from senior adviser to the president, Valerie ...

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