The Common Good

Faith-Based Charities Should be Allowed to Protect Identity, Says Wallis

Date: September 29, 2009

Religious charities that receive government funding should be allowed to keep their religious identity in terms of who they hire, says progressive evangelical leader Jim Wallis.

Though no faith-based social service provider should ever discriminate who they serve if they receive public funds, there is a need for groups to "preserve” their religious identity, the founder of Sojourners ministry wrote in his blog Friday.

"[S]ervice provision is not the same thing as hiring,” Wallis asserts. "To do what they do, faith organizations must maintain their identity.”