PALO ALTO, Calif (Jan. 31)
President Johnson’s aid to education proposals to Congress contain a threat to the principle of separation of church and state, by providing some aid to parochial schools, Rabbi Maurice N. Eisendrath, president of the American Union of Hebrew Congregations, warned here today.
Addressing the biennial convention of the UAHC’s Northern California Region, Dr. Eisendrath said: “Concealed inside the highly imaginative package of an aid to education bill is a proposal to give aid to parochial schools, a proposal which has never been adopted in this country and which was rejected by President Kennedy.
“Millions, and ultimately billions, will be poured into our parochial schools, thus depriving our public schools of the tax dollars desperately needed for the fashioning of a good public schools system in this land. And the aroma of federal funds will ultimately tempt every religious group to develop elaborate networks of parochial schools,” the UAHC president asserted.