The Public Interest

Getting faith-based programs right

John J. DiIulio, Jr.

Spring 2004

CONTRARY to much commentary on the subject, a clear-cut consensus exists on the constitutionality of permitting local congregations and other faith-based organizations to deliver diverse social services funded in whole or in part by government. As Philip Hamburger writes in his recent book Separation of Church and State, the constitutional authority for strict separation is “without historical foundation,” and over the years, the Supreme Court has indeed retreated from a strict separationist approach.

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