The Supreme Court: An Aggressive Atheist Rebuffed

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .

— First Amendment Despite its willingness to seal just about every crack in the wall separating church and state in the U.S., the Supreme Court has never specifically tackled what some lawyers consider a serious fissure — the fact that all 50 states permit tax exemption for any house of worship or parsonage or place of religious teaching. Since 1956, the court has rejected three cases which argued that such exemption violates the First Amendment's establishment clause. Last week the...

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