ACLU Settles Suit Over State Payments to Churches

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has settled a lawsuit over unrestricted state government payments to Louisiana churches.

The ACLU's Louisiana chapter says Thursday's agreement with
Louisiana bars state taxpayer money from being funneled, without
conditions, to churches that offer non-religious social services.

In October 2007, a federal judge blocked state funds from being paid to Stonewall Baptist Church in Bossier City and Shreveport Christian Church. The ACLU says those payments would have been
unconstitutional.

The ACLU agreed to drop the suit against Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who inherited the case from former Gov. Kathleen Blanco. State Treasurer John Kennedy also was named as a defendant in the
suit.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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