Obama Religious Charities

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama has chosen Joshua DuBois to lead the White House office that directs federal funding to religious charities.

DuBois, who was religious affairs director in the Obama campaign, will head the President's Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, according to a senior administration official. Obama said during the campaign that he wanted to expand the White House faith-based efforts begun under former President George W. Bush. But while Bush supported letting religious charities employ only fellow believers, Obama has said federally funded programs should be subject to laws banning job discrimination based on religion or sexual orientation.