Remember from your school days (that is if you studied at all) about the Founders wanting a separation of church and state?
Well that desire is slowly being eroded away and the Supreme Court is assisting in the erosion….the newest assault on the ideal…..Carson vs Makin…….
At an oral argument held Wednesday morning, all six members of the Supreme Court’s Republican-appointed majority appeared likely to blow a significant new hole in the wall separating church and state.
The case is Carson v. Makin; the question is whether the state of Maine is required to subsidize religious education; and the majority’s answer appears, at least under certain circumstances, to be yes.
Under current law, as Justice Elena Kagan noted during Wednesday’s argument, the question of whether to fund religious education is typically left up to elected officials. Maine’s legislators decided not to do so when they drafted the state’s unusual tuition voucher program that’s at issue in Carson, and is meant to ensure that children in sparsely populated areas still receive a free education.
The overwhelming majority of Maine schoolchildren attend a school designated by their local school district. But a small minority — fewer than 5,000 students, according to the state — live in rural areas where it is not cost-effective for the state to either operate its own public school or contract with a nearby school to educate local students. In these areas, students are provided a subsidy, which helps them pay tuition at the private school of their family’s choice.
Just another attempt to combine church and state….never a good idea.
Religion and governing should never be combined…..when it is someone will suffer some sort of injustice.
I read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”
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We have a ‘secular monarchy’, and a supposedly secular government. But you would never know that, as the Royal Family is always attending Church of England services to make us aware that they are deeply ‘religious’.
Of course, if they were true Christians, as they claim to be, they would give away their untold weath to the poor and needy.
I for one am not holding my breath until that happens.
Best wishes, Pete.
Gandhi once said “Christianity is a fine ideal too bad it has never been tried” (I paraphrase)…..chuq
In the mid 70s when I was in 8th grade there was a big fight over the Ten Commandments in my Kentucky school. Believe it or not, the majority did NOT want them posted. This was before Ray-gun came to power and brought all the religious Nazis with him.
There was a time when Americans thought like Americans and not a mindless mob. chuq