A number of Republican parties want faith-based programs to take an increasing role in public services. For example, Iowa Republicans state in Paragraph 20.1 of their platform that they "support faith-based, non-government organizations (NGOs), providing individuals more efficient and effective access to social services."
The Minnesota Republican platform calls for the reform and elimination of the welfare system, and lays the burden of public assistance on private charity and faith-based programs:
People in need should be assisted primarily through private charity, including faith-based programs instead of government welfare programs. These programs should be encouraged through tax credits at the federal and state levels with the objective of replacing as much government-sponsored welfare with private incentives as possible. We believe in real welfare reform, which would require all able-bodied recipients to work in order to receive benefits, stop the practice of offering cash incentives for unmarried recipients to bear children, and require proof of legal citizenship and in-state residency and mandatory drug tests as a condition of receiving aid.[stextbox id="info" caption="This story is part of an 8-part series..."]
(7) With liberty and justice for all (except pregnant women, gays, and people who don't like religion in the public square).
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Mississippi Republicans, in their "Public Safety" portion of the draft platform, "support the development of more church and community-based rehabilitation programs for non-violent offenders. We support the utilization of drug courts to ensure participants pay for their crimes while providing an opportunity to return addicts to better functioning, family-oriented, taxpaying members of society rather than a draining burden on the prison system.
In their 2011 platform, Oklahoma Republicans specify the Christian faith in connection with criminal form:
6. We support programs including faith-based organizations that promote traditional marriage, marriage enrichment, abstinence education, and encourage responsible parenting.
7. We call for individuals, families, churches, and private organizations to take responsibility in meeting the needs of the citizens of the community.
A. Crime and Punishment
1. We believe that the final solution to all crime is a change of heart and support the utilization of Christian faith-based and privately-financed programs to reduce recidivism and for the treatment of drug offenders as an alternative to prison.
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- Our godly heritage and religious liberty.
- Our patriotic Christian nation, from K-12.
- More than 1 in 5 Republican parties agree: Creationism should be taught as science.
- God bless the zygotes.
- The gays and minorities must be marginalized to save America!
- With liberty and justice for all (except pregnant women, gays, and people who don't like religion in the public square).
- Getting America back on track with faith-based programs.
- Source materials (links to quoted materials).