Religious Freedom Ruling

Religious Freedom Ruling

Religious Freedom Ruling

The United States Supreme Court earlier this week ruled in favor of religious freedom. The case involves the State of Maine’s tuition assistance program which prohibited parents from using those funds to send their children to a private religious school. In an opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court held that the state could not prevent parents from using otherwise generally available tuition assistance benefits at religious schools simply because those schools provided religious instruction.

 

This is a significant victory for religious freedom. The court noted that using these funds to pay tuition at a religious school doesn’t establish a religion. On the other hand Chief Justice Roberts pointed out that the state paying tuition for students at private schools so long as the schools aren’t religious discriminates against religion, which is unconstitutional.

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