Religion: Expansion for Hutterites

The 1,600 Hutterites of South Dakota may now buy new farm land. This right was confirmed for members of the religious sect last week when Circuit Judge Charles Hanson ruled that a 1955 law against establishing new communal farms or expanding old ones (TIME, June 4) is "too vague, indefinite and uncertain to be enforceable." The law as enacted by the South Dakota legislature is an admitted effort to check the growth of the frugal, efficient Hutterite cooperatives.


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