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Bush's initiative could help groups that promote faith healing

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7285.512/a (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:512
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Civil liberties groups, secular pressure groups, and some doctors have expressed concern at President George Bush's decision to set up a federal bureau for faith based social services. Religious groups will be able to apply for government funding.

    The American Civil Liberties Union, the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and the Anti-Defamation League, have all objected to the plan. Some paediatricians are also worried that groups forbidding parents to take their children to doctors, encouraging the use of faith healers alone, will receive funding.

    A research study published in 1998 showed that …

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