The head of the new White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives will address the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) this afternoon.
John DiIulio Jr., appointed by President Bush to direct the office, will join other conservatives discussing faith-based funding at the NAE’s annual convention in Dallas.
“DiIulio was still working on his speech last night,” the Washington Post reported. But he is expected to argue for the feasibility of a religious organization separating its proselytizing activities from its social services.
“He is one of the most influential social entrepreneurs in America,” President Bush said of DiIulio, moments before signing the executive order establishing the new White House office. “He has a servant’s heart on the issues what we will confront. He’s worked with disadvantaged children. He has been a major force in mobilizing the city of Philadelphia to support faith-based and community groups.”