On January 13, 2006, the US Court of Appeals of the Seventh Circuit vacated a trial court decision from 2004 that had barred the Freedom From Religion Foundation from pursuing a lawsuit against the George W. Bush administration's faith-based initiatives, citing the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution. The Bush administration had created the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in 2001, appropriating funds via executive order. The appeals court reasoned that taxpayers may question executive branch appropriations when funds are used for religious services.
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