Faith-Based initiatives May Continue

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Faith-based initiatives are very likely to continue after President Bush's term ends.

According to Jay Hein, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, both Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain have said positive things about the initiatives.

The purpose of the program is to give government funding to a variety of secular and religious charities that work to solve social ills.

Approximately 35 governors across the country have begun similar initiatives. Nineteen are Democratic governors and 16 are Republican.

Today, 1,000 leaders are attending a two-day Faith-Based and Community Initiatives National Conference in Washington.

"The purpose of this national conference is to survey the landscape of the changes that have been made and the progress that's been achieved since the President launched the Faith-Based and Community Initiative during the second week of his first administration," Hein said.

Attendees will participate in workshops. They will also be greeted by the President and Sen. Joe Lieberman.

One of their major goals at the event is to address issues such as addiction, homelessness, malaria and AIDS.

Source: The Associated Press, The White House

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