Obama Expands Mission Of Faith-Based Program To Include Muslim Outreach, Abortion Reduction

03/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama launches his version of the faith-based initiative Thursday, he will expand the mission to include abortion reduction and outreach to the Muslim world. He will also try to avoid the thorniest constitutional issues that beset the program for years under his predecessor.

Mr. Obama's approach to the federal faith office reflects his search for common ground on contentious social issues, and his willingness to dial back some of his campaign positions.

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