Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The Capital Times-"State program can't nix religious charities

The Capital Times: "State program can't nix religious charities
Judge rules they can get funds
Associated Press

A state-run program allowing employees to donate part of their paychecks to charity may not exclude religious charities on grounds that the groups use religion as a basis for employment or membership on their governing boards, a federal judge has ruled.

The Association of Faith-Based Organizations, a coalition of faith-based groups based in Springfield, Va., filed the lawsuit in the spring.

It challenged an annual program, called State Employees Combined Campaign, that allows state workers to direct payroll deductions to charities that are deemed eligible by a state committee."

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