Religion: A Wall of Separation

How far should the state go in supporting religious education? Or should the state support such education at all? In the white marble temple of the U.S. Supreme Court last week, a new engagement was fought in this running battle. Atheist Vashti McCollum had a final hearing in her suit to stop the board of education in Champaign, Ill. from allowing religious instructions at her son's school (TIME, Feb. 10).

The two-year-old argument lasted about two hours in court. Some Saturday soon the justices will decide in private conference whether the "wall of separation between church & state" has been breached in...

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