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Faith retreat – Business donations criticized

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Aiming to salvage his plan to boost government support for religious charities, President Bush has parted ways with Republican backers of the plan who want to let charities receiving federal support require employees to adhere to the charities’ religious practices, the Associated Press reported June 21.

Bush also urged corporations to be more generous, saying donations by corporate leaders to religious charities were “abysmal,” AP said.

And Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, reached out to a former Democratic opponent in trying overcome opposition and win congressional approval of Bush’s plan, Reuters reported June 19.

Santorum named former Sen. Harris Wofford, whom he unseated in 1994, to head a working group to look for a bipartisan deal that would meet challenges that the Bush plan would violate the separation of church and state required by the U.S. Constitution.

For full story, go to stories on Bush’s strategic shift, Bush’s criticism of corporate donations and Santorum’s move.

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