1. Welcome to Baptist Board, a friendly forum to discuss the Baptist Faith in a friendly surrounding.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register to get access to all the features that our community has to offer.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless!

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Religious Freedom and School Choice

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Jun 21, 2022.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
    Site Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Messages:
    51,367
    Likes Received:
    3,536
    Faith:
    Baptist
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Carson v. Makin, a case that challenges a Maine law that discriminates against parents based on religion by providing some families with tuition support for the school of their choice but denying that same support to other families. The High Court held that the Maine program violates the Free Exercise Clause.

    The High Court considered whether a 1982 Maine law violates the First Amendment by excluding religious schools from the state’s “tuitioning system,” which pays for students to attend private schools.

    Three families from three different small towns in Maine sued the state over a program that bans families from an otherwise generally available student-aid program if they choose to send their children to schools that teach religion. They qualified for Maine’s Town Tuitioning Program in all other respects, but they are excluded from participating only because they chose religious schools for their children.

    As a result, these families who want to send their children to Christian schools in Bangor and Waterville were denied in lower federal courts and then appealed to the Supreme Court.

    Because many areas of the state are rural and sparsely populated, not all school districts run their own secondary schools. To help students in those districts attend secondary school, the state has paid for students to attend either another public school or a private school of their choice. However, since 1982, the state has only allowed tuition payments under the program to go to private schools that do not provide religious instruction.

    SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Religious Freedom and School Choice - Liberty Counsel
     
  2. canadyjd

    canadyjd Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2005
    Messages:
    10,188
    Likes Received:
    1,181
    It would not surprise me if Maine now ended the program.

    peace to you
     
  3. Van

    Van Well-Known Member
    Site Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2011
    Messages:
    21,898
    Likes Received:
    783
    Faith:
    Baptist
    I find it refreshing to see some things decided rationally, rather than according to the Left's godless agenda.

    “A neutral benefit program that gives public funds to religious organizations through the independent choices of the recipients of those benefits does not violate the Constitution's establishment clause."​

    This would seem to cover a vast number of government attacks on funding religious schools. And with the flagrant abuse of school children by teacher's unions, including closed schools, we might get a second bite at the school choice apple.
     
    #3 Van, Jun 22, 2022
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2022
Loading...