Supreme Court Hands Down Major Decision On School Choice And Religious Liberty

The United States Supreme Court handed down a major decision this week which is going to have a fantastic effect on education and religious liberty.

The case was out of the state of Maine, but the precedent will have a ripple effect throughout the country.

Essentially, the decision allows parents to use school funding for religious schools if they want that for their child.

It’s a death blow to teacher unions which are in bed with the Democrat party, so the left is not happy about it.

The Associated Press reports:

Supreme Court: Religious schools must get Maine tuition aid

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The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Maine can’t exclude religious schools from a program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations’ access to taxpayer money.

The 6-3 outcome could fuel a renewed push for school choice programs in some of the 18 states that have so far not directed taxpayer money to private, religious education. The most immediate effect of the court’s ruling beyond Maine probably will be in nearby Vermont, which has a similar program.

The decision is the latest in a line of rulings from the Supreme Court that have favored religion-based discrimination claims. The court is separately weighing the case of a football coach who says he has a First Amendment right to pray at midfield immediately after games.

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Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for a conservative majority that the Maine program violates the Constitution’s protections for religious freedoms.

“Maine’s ‘nonsectarian’ requirement for its otherwise generally available tuition assistance payments violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. Regardless of how the benefit and restriction are described, the program operates to identify and exclude otherwise eligible schools on the basis of their religious exercise,” Roberts wrote.

Conservative law professor William Jacobson called it a win.

This was a huge win for freedom and liberty.

It was also a huge loss for Democrats.

 

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