Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, February 1, 2001
I want to add something to what I spoke of yesterday regarding aid to faith-based institutions.
I guest-hosted the Michael Reagan radio show Monday night and took a call from a woman in Montana who said she was a witch. The woman asked whether Christians would be happy if federal money went to her coven. It was a good question.
Another caller wondered how happy some conservative religious groups would be if money went to Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH, which has just hired former Congressman Mel Reynolds, who served time for having sex with a minor girl and fraud. President Clinton pardoned Reynolds. How would you like your tax dollars going to pay his salary?
The Supreme Court has ruled that government cannot discriminate between religions. If it is going to aid one, it must have money available to aid all. President Bush has said only those charities that demonstrate success would get funds. But one charity might define success differently from another. Who decides? Charities need to think about this before taking money from the government.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.