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When Sacred and Secular Mix : Religious Nonprofit Organizations and Public Money - Stephen V. Monsma

When Sacred and Secular Mix

Religious Nonprofit Organizations and Public Money

Paperback Published: 26th July 2000
ISBN: 9780742508187
Number Of Pages: 256

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Despite America's traditional emphasis on the separation of church and state, both in theory and practice, few are aware of the hundreds of millions of public dollars that flow annually to religiously based nonprofit organizations. Based on a nation-wide survey of nearly 800 such groups, Stephen V. Monsma's study explores the implications of this financial partnership. Although most religiously based groups currently receiving tax dollars do not compromise the autonomy of their religious beliefs, the author argues that the legal principles under which the Supreme Court has approved public funding has placed their religious freedom in a legally vulnerable position. The author develops a new legal principle, positive neutrality, that both justifies public funds going to religious nonprofit groups and draws boundaries between permissible and impermissible use of public funds. This text should be useful for anyone interested in the relationship between church and state.

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Stephen Monsma provides powerful historical, legal, constitutional, and practical support for the idea that religious institutions should be more involved in the delivery of needed public services to all Americans. I hope the Supreme Court is reading.--Michael W. McConnell, William B. Graham Professor of Law, University of Chicago

List of Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Nonprofit Organizations in a Pluralistic Societyp. 1
The Setting: Legal Principles and Public Attitudesp. 29
Religious Nonprofit Organizations and Public Money: Patternsp. 63
Mixing Sacred and Secular: Tensions and Problemsp. 109
When Legal Principles Confusep. 147
Positive Neutralityp. 173
Appendices
The Questionnairesp. 201
The Studyp. 217
The Religious Practices Scalep. 225
Selected Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 235
About the Authorp. 239
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ISBN: 9780742508187
ISBN-10: 0742508188
Series: Religious Forces in the Modern Political World
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 26th July 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.45
Weight (kg): 0.32

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