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Unformatted text preview: 8 of 23 DOCUMENTS Cox News Service June 4, 2004 Friday With tax exemptions come need to define religion BYLINE: ROWLAND NETHAWAY SECTION: Commentary LENGTH: 658 words Cox News Service If the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court thought they caught heat for putting George W. Bush in the White House, wait until they hear the appeal from another prominent Texan. Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn has promised to make the nation's highest court provide a legal definition of religion. That should be a doozy. This wouldn't be an issue if Americans had heeded the counsel of the nation's founders to maintain a separation of church and state. An added irony to the discomfiture of the justices is that Supreme Court decisions have interpreted the U.S. Constitution's "establishment" clause as a requirement to place a wall between church and state. Strayhorn, who apparently wants to add the office of governor to her list of elected offices, also wants the Supremes to tell her what they mean when they say church....
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