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Government Bigotry Against Religion

Press Release for Immediate Release August 16, '01
The National Non-Sectarian Council of Pro-Family Activists
Rabbi David Eidensohn - Director
Contact - 1-845-352-7267

Government Bigotry Against Religion

On August 16, 2,001, the Associated Press reported on President's Bush's study on government funding for religious organizations that do secular social work. The ``Unlevel Playing Field'' report says that federal agencies refuse to fund religious organizations properly. ``It is not Congress, but these overly restrictive agency rules that are repressive, restrictive and which actively undermine the established civil rights of these groups,'' the report concludes. ``Such excessive restrictions unnecessarily and improperly limit the participation of faith-based organizations that have profound contributions to make in civil society's efforts to serve the needy.''

"I congratulate President Bush for reaching into the closet to find religious people," said Rabbi David Eidensohn, director of the National Non-Sectarian Council of Pro-Family Activists. "We, the religious community, always knew that we suffered discrimination, but now, for the first time, the President of the United States has revealed this in a study of government by the government."

Rabbi Eidensohn said, however, that this revelation of discrimination against religious groups is "just the tip of the iceberg." "Throughout America, in colleges, media, business and government, religious people are the only minority that receives blatant and undisguised contempt and bigotry," said the rabbi. "We have seen gays in cabinet positions, but biblical people are kept in the closet. Well, we want to come out. We want to come to the table. We want to be treated like everyone else, even if we do believe in heaven and hell, and don't keep interns in the Oval Office for our recreation."

Rabbi Eidensohn called upon President Bush to name biblical people to senior government positions, and to remove the stigma from biblical people that their enemies foster and foment. "We can no longer afford to be ashamed of religious people in government," said the rabbi. "If the government keeps us down, we are down. We don't want to be the last kid on the block to be invited to the party."

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