Church And State: Government Money for Baptists

Southern Baptists believe strongly in the separation of church and state. Tr ditionally, they have refused to accept government funds for the support of their schools and hospitals. But costs are up, church revenues cannot keep up with them, and easily available fed eral loans and grants are beginning to look more attractive. At several annual state conventions this month, the Baptists decided that clear financial need sometimes should allow the bending of religious principle.

The South Carolina Baptist Convention voted to allow Charleston's Baptist College to negotiate for $2.5 million in...

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