Obama announcing faith-based initiative office

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the White House office of faith-based initiatives he's establishing today won't show favoritism to any religious group.

He also says it will strictly adhere to the separation of church and state.

Obama's order will expand and refocus the faith-based office that was founded by George W. Bush.

Speaking this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama said the organization won't favor any one religious group over another, and won't favor religious groups over secular groups. He says it will act "without blurring the line" between church and state -- a line that he says the nation's founders "wisely drew."

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