McCain, Obama Poised to Expand Faith-Based Initiative

  • September 23, 2008
  • By John DiIulio Jr. and Stephen Goldsmith

Both Barack Obama and John McCain have said they plan to build on President Bush's faith-based initiative. But how might they do that? The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life turned to two experts for answers.  Read the Q&As on the Pew Forum's Web site.

Q&A With John DiIulio Jr. About Obama's Plans
"Sen. Obama wants to foster interfaith, ecumenical, religious-secular and public-private partnerships with faith-based and other nonprofit organizations that constitutionally, compassionately and cost-effectively supply social services to the needy and the neglected."

Q&A With Stephen Goldsmith About McCain's Plans
"Sen. McCain will make safeguarding religious liberty a priority and will protect the right of faith-based organizations to participate fully in public programs without renouncing their beliefs, removing religious objects or symbols, or becoming subject to government-imposed hiring practices."