Essay: Rectifying the Border

There is probably no question in American life more likely to set off a political rumble than where to locate the line separating church and state. Raise the subject in the middle of an election year and nothing is more certain to inaugurate a festival of hypocrisy. 1984 is no exception.

No one is exactly sure when the most recent church-state debate began, though it is certain that President Reagan's Dallas prayer-breakfast speech and Walter Mondale's vigorous B'nai B'rith counterattack mark the high points of the current cycle. A low point of sorts was...

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