Obama creates faith-and-community based office

By: By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer
By: By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed an order to establish a White House office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The office is broader than one in the administration of former President George W. Bush which just dealt with faith-based initiatives.

Before signing the order in the Oval Office, Obama told a prayer breakfast it would show not favoritism to any religious group and would adhere to the strict separation of church and state.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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