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Direct vs. Indirect Aid

Research by Jim Allison.
A final wrinkle on the Supreme Court's attitude toward financial aid to religious institutions has to do with the directness of the aid in question. Put simply, individuals might do things with public money that the state cannot; the less role the state plays in directing money to religious institutions, the more likely such funding will receive the approval of the Court.

The direct aid issue has played a considerable role in shaping establishment clause jurisprudence with respect to public financing of religious schools. Stephen Monsma summarizes the matter as follows:

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