Church and State in Texas

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Corsicana, TX, a conservative congregation, wants to prepare for the day that it might find itself in a struggle with a liberal bishop. So members got their state legislator to introduce a bill that would require courts, not church polity, to decide how to divide the property. While it appeals to sentiment, it would mean the unconstitutional intrusion of secular government into the internal operations of a church. Dallas Morning News, Episcopal Life, Religion Clause.