Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Last Gasp of the Plumed Knight?

Maine says it never had a Blaine Amendment, and its Attorney General merely determined that “public funding of religious schools would violate the Establishment Clause.” Meanwhile parochial schools can receive state funding if they are “willing to provide a nonsectarian education.” Maine also suggests that the Christian religion of two of the parents in the case “neither requires them to send their daughter to a Christian school nor prevents them from sending her to a public school.”

Can a secular government decide Christian teaching? No wonder lawyers for the Christian parents want the Supreme Court to resolve the question it dodged in 2020. They point to an earlier parochial school funding case, Mitchell v. Helms, in which Justice Thomas’ plurality opinion said that “nothing in the Establishment Clause requires the exclusion of pervasively sectarian schools from otherwise permissible aid programs.” Said he: “This doctrine, born of bigotry, should be buried now.”

via www.nysun.com

Hear hear.


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We have taxpayer-funded religious schools in Britain. It's a lousy idea: we should abolish them and insist on secular education in taxpayer-funded schools. On this the Froggies are right.

As you know I am influenced by a cousin's experience in a Roman Catholic school of being taught to hate Protestants. For Stu: since the nuns concerned were Irish they may well have extolled hatred of Jews too.

Posted by: dearieme | Nov 30, 2021 3:48:00 AM