Religion: To the Courts

When New Mexico became a state in 1912, the area around Santa Fe was predominantly Roman Catholic. As more Protestants moved in, there was more & more grumbling about nuns (on the state payroll) still doing much of the teaching in the public schools, and about classroom crucifixes and catechisms (TIME, Sept. 29). Last week Protestant resentment finally led to a state court suit filed by 28 taxpayers who demanded that "all members of Catholic teaching orders be declared ineligible and forever barred" from New Mexico public schools.

New Mexico's Protestant Governor Thomas J. Mabry deplored efforts "to stir up religious misunderstanding."...

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