Church & State: More Aid for the Common Good


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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