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Supreme Court Won't Allow Challenge to Faith-based Program

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Civil liberties groups say they’re disappointed by a U-S Supreme Court ruling that ordinary taxpayers can’t challenge a White House initiative that helps religious charities get federal money.

Chicago Public Radio’s Jason DeRose reports.

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Madison, Wisconsin’s Freedom from Religion Foundation objected to government conferences in which Bush administration officials encourage religious charities to apply for federal grants.

The Supreme court ruled 5 to 4 that those conferences are legal.

Adam Schwartz of the American Civil Liberties Union says the ruling was a narrow one.

It held that taxpayers CAN challenge actions authorized by congress.

SCHWARTZ: But the taxpayers cannot challenge actions that are initiated by the executive branch.

The ruling only addressed whether taxpayers can bring such challenges, not whether the faith-based program itself violates the constitution.

I’m Jason DeRose, Chicago Public Radio.

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