In little-noticed testimony likely to spark intense controversy, the Bush administration has told Congress that "faith-based" groups cannot include religious activity in their programs if they are publicly funded.
Carl Esbeck, a Justice Department attorney representing the White House, testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution June 7. During that hearing, Esbeck was asked if religious organizations would be allowed to take money under the "faith-based initiative" and still sponsor religious activity. Esbeck said, "No." Read more