Aid to Schools
dlaycock at MAIL.LAW.UTEXAS.EDU
Sat Apr 19 14:38:17 PDT 1997
I have been away for a month, caring for a sick child, who is now
recovering nicely. I do not expect to be very active on the list for a
while yet, but I need the group's help.
Does anyone know of a published account of the evangelical change in
position on aid to religious schools. When aid to religious schools was
only a Catholic issue, I assume that evangelicals were among the most
vociferously opposed. This was still a Catholic issue when Lemon was
decided. My impression is that when evangelical schools began appearing in
large numbers, the dominant issue was resistance to government regulation,
not government financial aid. It seems to me fairly recent -- probably well
into the eighties -- that financial aid to religious schools became a big
issue for evangelicals.
I think the big picture described in the previous paragraph is
basically right. I am hazy on the timing of the transition. And of course
I have a student editor who won't take my word for anything, and wants me to
cite something for the proposition that this was still a Catholic issue in
1971. Any ideas?
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