Majority Whip DeLay Supports President Bush's Faith-Based Initiatives

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Office of the Majority Whip

    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX)
 today joined Conference Chairman J.C. Watts, Jr. (R-Okla.) and Senator Rick
 Santorum (R-PA) at a press conference to support President Bush's faith-based
 initiatives, and to kick-off the first "House-Senate Majority Faith-Based
 Summit."
     Congressman DeLay's Statement Follows:
 
     "We now have a President and a Congress who recognize that groups of
 people across our country are harnessing the power of faith to solve pressing
 challenges within our society.  If religious groups can deliver services
 effectively, they should be able to compete for federal funding with secular
 organizations.  It's wrong for government to discriminate against
 organizations that can effectively provide services just because those
 organizations are religious.
     "Faith-based groups aren't just tackling the simple or easy challenges.
 They're taking on some of the most troubling and intractable social problems
 we face today.
     Take my own State of Texas.  In my hometown of Sugar Land, faith-based
 groups are making real progress with one of the hardest challenges we
 confront: Crime.
     "In most state and federal prisons, rehabilitating prisoners doesn't work.
 More than half the time that inmates leave ordinary prisons, they quickly
 commit more crimes and are soon back behind bars.  But four years ago, Chuck
 Colson's organization, Prison Fellowship, launched a pilot program at a prison
 in my district.  And it's been extremely successful because, when prisoners
 complete the program, their worldview changes.
     "The education, ethics, and religious teaching within the program combine
 to prepare prisoners for a responsible life.  And that's making all the
 difference.  Prisoners rejoin their families, embrace their responsibilities
 and turn away from crime.  They do it because they grow to see the world in a
 fundamentally different way.
     "Broken lives are turning around.  Men are taking responsibility for their
 actions and their families.  Miraculously, the recidivism rate for graduates
 of the Prison Fellowship program is less than 6 percent.  That's right,
 recidivism nationally is over 50 percent but in this faith-based prison it's
 less than 6 percent.  That means fewer crimes are committed.  Fewer citizens
 are victims.  More men care for their families.  And it is a faith-based
 program that is giving them the direction to lead meaningful lives."
 
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SOURCE Office of the Majority Whip
    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX)
 today joined Conference Chairman J.C. Watts, Jr. (R-Okla.) and Senator Rick
 Santorum (R-PA) at a press conference to support President Bush's faith-based
 initiatives, and to kick-off the first "House-Senate Majority Faith-Based
 Summit."
     Congressman DeLay's Statement Follows:
 
     "We now have a President and a Congress who recognize that groups of
 people across our country are harnessing the power of faith to solve pressing
 challenges within our society.  If religious groups can deliver services
 effectively, they should be able to compete for federal funding with secular
 organizations.  It's wrong for government to discriminate against
 organizations that can effectively provide services just because those
 organizations are religious.
     "Faith-based groups aren't just tackling the simple or easy challenges.
 They're taking on some of the most troubling and intractable social problems
 we face today.
     Take my own State of Texas.  In my hometown of Sugar Land, faith-based
 groups are making real progress with one of the hardest challenges we
 confront: Crime.
     "In most state and federal prisons, rehabilitating prisoners doesn't work.
 More than half the time that inmates leave ordinary prisons, they quickly
 commit more crimes and are soon back behind bars.  But four years ago, Chuck
 Colson's organization, Prison Fellowship, launched a pilot program at a prison
 in my district.  And it's been extremely successful because, when prisoners
 complete the program, their worldview changes.
     "The education, ethics, and religious teaching within the program combine
 to prepare prisoners for a responsible life.  And that's making all the
 difference.  Prisoners rejoin their families, embrace their responsibilities
 and turn away from crime.  They do it because they grow to see the world in a
 fundamentally different way.
     "Broken lives are turning around.  Men are taking responsibility for their
 actions and their families.  Miraculously, the recidivism rate for graduates
 of the Prison Fellowship program is less than 6 percent.  That's right,
 recidivism nationally is over 50 percent but in this faith-based prison it's
 less than 6 percent.  That means fewer crimes are committed.  Fewer citizens
 are victims.  More men care for their families.  And it is a faith-based
 program that is giving them the direction to lead meaningful lives."
 
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