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Watch Out for the Pharaoh Effect

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Wall Street Journal August 28, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pending offer to subsidize students at religious schools’ full-day pre-kindergarten classes has proved both predictably and surprisingly controversial. It was entirely predictable that the New York Civil Liberties Union would break out in hives. What’s surprising is how many religious organizations are declining the mayor’s offer because of the strings attached to it—regulations on an assortment of things, from prayer after meals to covering up religious symbols to limits on referring to sacred texts.

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