Evangelical Christians lobby for federal AIDS funding
About 250 evangelical Christians, representing several religious denominations, lobbied members of Congress for two days last week for full funding of the recently approved $15 billion, five-year international AIDS bill, The Washington Post reports. The National Association of Christian Evangelicals and the medical relief agency MAP International coordinated the lobbying event. The Reverend John Good, pastor of the Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minn., who participated in the lobbying event, said the effort was made to urge both Democrats and Republicans to fully fund the international AIDS program. Funding for the program in fiscal 2004 has not yet been approved through the congressional appropriations process. President Bush's proposed 2004 budget has requested only $2 billion of the $3 billion pledged by the new law.