A breach in the church-state wall

Christian Science Monitor
by Andrew B. Coan

02/28/07

Significant constitutional cases don’t always arrive at the ball dressed up as such. Sometimes they come in the modest trappings of an obscure technical dispute too dull to capture public attention. Wednesday, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in just such a case. Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation is unlikely to make headlines, but it could deal a sharp blow to the wall of separation between church and state. The plaintiffs are ordinary citizens who object to their federal tax dollars being used to fund the president’s program for ‘faith-based and community initiatives.’ In particular, they claim that several conferences sponsored by the program were propaganda vehicles for religion and therefore violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment, which forbids government promotion of religion...

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