By Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Officials in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. should take care to respect separation of church and state during the upcoming visit of Pope Francis, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
In a letter sent today to officials in the three cities as well as federal agencies, Americans United noted that during previous papal visits, government officials have attempted to divert tax money for religious purposes. That must not happen when the pope visits in late September, says Americans United.
“Although the pope is considered a head of state, he is in a unique position because he also leads a major religious group,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “As a result, government officials must be very careful not to spend taxpayer dollars for any of the pope’s religious activities while he is in the United States.”
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