Q & A: Stimulus Package Stimulates Church-State Debate

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Speaker: Robert W. Tuttle

David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion, The George Washington University Law School

Venue: Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life


03/06/2009 - The economic stimulus legislation signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009, by President Barack Obama authorizes state governments to fund the "modernization, renovation and repair" of buildings on public and private college and university campuses. But the provision prevents these schools from using this funding to improve buildings that are "used for sectarian instruction or religious worship," or those "in which a substantial portion of the functions of the facilities are subsumed in a religious mission." To explore the legal implications of this restriction, the Pew Forum turns to church-state scholar Robert Tuttle.

Featuring:
Robert W. Tuttle, David R. and Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion, The George Washington University Law School

Interviewer:
Jesse Merriam, Research Associate, Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life

Read the full Q&A Stimulus Package Stimulates Church-State Debate on the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life's Web site.

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