(a) Religious organizations included as nongovernmental providers
For any program carried out by the Federal Government, or by a State or local government under this chapter, the government shall consider, on the same basis as other nongovernmental organizations, religious organizations to provide the assistance under the program, so long as the program is implemented in a manner consistent with the Establishment Clause of the first amendment to the Constitution. Neither the Federal Government nor a State or local government receiving funds under this chapter shall discriminate against an organization that provides assistance under, or applies to provide assistance under, this chapter, on the basis that the organization has a religious character.
(b) Religious character and independence
(1) In general
A religious organization that provides assistance under a program described in subsection (a) of this section shall retain its religious character and control over the definition, development, practice, and expression of its religious beliefs.
(2) Additional safeguards
Neither the Federal Government nor a State or local government shall require a religious organization—
(A)to alter its form of internal governance, except (for purposes of administration of the community services block grant program) as provided in section
9910 of this title; or
(B)to remove religious art, icons, scripture, or other symbols;
in order to be eligible to provide assistance under a program described in subsection (a) of this section.
(3) Employment practices
A religious organization’s exemption provided under section
2000e–1 of this title regarding employment practices shall not be affected by its participation in, or receipt of funds from, programs described in subsection (a) of this section.
(c) Limitations on use of funds for certain purposes
No funds provided directly to a religious organization to provide assistance under any program described in subsection (a) of this section shall be expended for sectarian worship, instruction, or proselytization.
(d) Fiscal accountability
(1) In general
Except as provided in paragraph (2), any religious organization providing assistance under any program described in subsection (a) of this section shall be subject to the same regulations as other nongovernmental organizations to account in accord with generally accepted accounting principles for the use of such funds provided under such program.
(2) Limited audit
Such organization shall segregate government funds provided under such program into a separate account. Only the government funds shall be subject to audit by the government.
(e) Treatment of eligible entities and other intermediate organizations
If an eligible entity or other organization (referred to in this subsection as an “intermediate organization”), acting under a contract, or grant or other agreement, with the Federal Government or a State or local government, is given the authority under the contract or agreement to select nongovernmental organizations to provide assistance under the programs described in subsection (a) of this section, the intermediate organization shall have the same duties under this section as the government.
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