The Case Against the Confirmation of John Ashcroft As Attorney General of the United States: Part II

Religion

As Governor, Ashcroft staunchly opposed efforts to require church-run day care centers to meet even minimal health and safety regulations such as state fire codes and health requirements. Missouri was the only state that exempted them completely from those regulations. His opposition raises serious concerns not only about his preferential treatment of religious institutions, but also about how he, as attorney general, would interpret and implement so-called "charitable choice" laws. Would he argue that churches and other religious institutions should be exempt from laws that prohibit discrimination in programs receiving federal funds? Would he argue that church-run drug treatment centers receiving "charitable choice" funds under recently enacted federal law be exempt from health and safety regulations?

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