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Reaffirmation of Support for Church-State Separation

1973 General Resolution

BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1973 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association reaffirms its support of the principle of separation of church and state in the United States and urges Unitarian Universalist societies to:

  1. Oppose all direct or indirect federal, state, or local tax aid to church-related schools on all levels, such proscribed aids to include transportation; lending or granting of books, equipment, services, service of teachers; "purchase of educational services" plans; operation of public school classes or services in sectarian school buildings; shared time or dual enrollment plans; tuition vouchers or grants; tax credits or rebates;
  2. Uphold religious neutrality in public education, opposing all mandated prayers, devotional observances, and religious indoctrination in public schools;

  3. Oppose the sending of diplomatic, quasi-diplomatic, or personal Presidential envoys to any church;
  4. Oppose the exemption from federal, state, and local taxation of income from church-owned unrelated businesses and securities, and urge that local government be allowed to charge churches for services actually enjoyed by these institutions; and
  5. Support the efforts of organizations working to preserve and strengthen separation of church and state in the United States through litigation, legislation, and education.

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