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"[The Establishment Clause and Religious Freedom Clause] of our Federal
Constitution ha[ve] never been wholly pleasing to most religious groups.
They are all quick to invoke its protections; they are all irked when they
feel its restraints. This Court has gone a long way, if not an unreasonable
way, to hold that public business of paramount importance as maintenance of
public order, protection of the privacy of a home, and taxation may not be
pursued by a state in a way that even indirectly will interfere with
religious proselyting.[...] But we cannot have it both ways. Religious
teaching cannot be a private affair when the state seeks to impose
regulations which infringe on it indirectly, and a public affair when it
comes to taxing citizens of one faith to aid another, or those of no faith
to aid all. If these principles seem harsh in prohibiting aid to Catholic
education, it must not be forgotten that it is the same Constitution that
alone assures Catholics the right to maintain these schools at all when
predominant local sentiment would forbid them. [...] Nor should I think
that those who have done so well without this aid would want to see this
separation between Church and State broken down. If the state may aid
these religious schools, it may therefore regulate them. Many groups have
sought aid from tax funds, only to find that it carried political controls
with it. Indeed, this Court has declared that 'It is hardly lack of due
process for the Government to regulate that which it subsidizes.'
Wickard v. Filburn, 317 U.S. 111, 131."
[Justice Robert H. Jackson, in dissent in Everson v. Board of
Education of Ewing TP., 330 U.S. 1 (1947) at 27, 28.]



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