Church & State: More Aid for the Common Good

CHURCH & STATE

The tenor of recent major U.S. court decisions has been that public aid to religious institutions is permissible so long as the primary purpose is to perform a useful social service. Increasingly, the nation's legislators appear to be adopting a similar philosophy toward extending assistance to church-related schools, hospitals and agencies that contribute to the common good.

In half a dozen states, a spate of bills have been introduced this year to initiate or expand taxpayer support for parochial schools. A proposed amendment to Wisconsin's constitution, permitting the use of...

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