Church/state wall beginning to crumble?

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  1. Revmitchell

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    On July 23, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing a lower court decision, ruled that the state's denial of financial aid to students enrolled in the Lakewood-based Colorado Christian University was unconstitutional.

    For five years, the state has denied stipends from the College Opportunity Fund to students enrolled at CCU on the basis that the evangelical Christian university meets the criteria of "pervasively sectarian."

    Testimony at the just-concluded trial left little doubt that CCU — whose president is former US Senator Bill Armstrong — does indeed have a strongly religious flavor. Students are required to regularly attend chapel services or face possible fines. Faculty members are required to take an oath of belief in the Bible.

    However, based partly on testimony from members of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, which administers the financial aid, the appellate ruling found the phrase "pervasively sectarian" to be excessively vague.

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