Thursday, May 18, 2017

Can Your Tax Dollars Be Used to Support a Religion You Do Not Sub scribe To?

Conservatives Support Freedom of Religion - Your Freedom to Pay for Their Religion

Missouri wants to help private schools, but they don't want to support religion, which the Constitution forbids them to do anyway.  But religious people think their religion is so great that everyone ought to pay for it.  So they are challenging a law that prevents the state from supporting religious schools.

"In this case, the Supreme Court will determine whether the Free Exercise or Equal Protection Clause requires Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources to grant a qualifying religious institution’s funding application if it would have otherwise received funding absent its religious status. Trinity Lutheran Church argues that the Department’s policy amounts to a violation of the Free Exercise Clause because it singles out and excludes religious institutions by conditioning a generally available public benefit based on religious status. Moreover, Trinity contends that the policy violates the Equal Protection Clause because the policy employs a suspect classification based on religion. In contrast, The Missouri DNR argues that the Free Exercise Clause only stops the government from prohibiting the free exercise of religion but does not require that the government provide funding to religious organizations."

In all likelihood the Court will rule for the churches, after all this is America where separation of church and state applies only to 'those' religions, not our religions. But just wait, once a Muslim school applies for funds the great supporters of religious freedom will argue no, that religion doesn't qualify.

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