"Clinton is worried about the religious right's portrayal of the Federal government as jackbooted thugs that want to take your religious freedoms," says TIME's Clinton-watcher Jef McAllister, adding that this is nothing more than an explanatory memo to Federal managers. Just another safe, incremental Clinton policy: improving America, one pamphlet at a time.
WASHINGTON, DC: Bill Clinton has already stolen the clothes of the Republican center now he's coming after the Religious Right. Today the Southern Baptist president trotted out to the Rose Garden with a raft of guidelines clarifying religious freedom in the Federal workplace. There was something for everyone. In: Bibles on desks, yarmulkes on heads, even face-coverings for Muslim women. Out: putting up religious posters, Bible-thumping your innocent co-workers, and other assorted intolerant nastiness. Never mind that there was nothing new in the guidelines.