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Thu Dec 9, 2021, 02:10 PM

The Supreme Court Is Ready to Make Taxpayers Fund Religious Schools

The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard a case involving just 4,800 students in rural Maine. But because of the way the Court seems certain to rule, the case will affect everyone in America. The reason is a single word: discrimination.

On its face, the case, Carson v. Makin is an outlier. Maine has a unique system for students in far-flung rural areas: If there’s no public school available, then the state will pay around $11,000 to families toward private-school tuition, so long as the private school is not religious in nature. A consortium of right-wing organizations sued the state on behalf of two families who wanted to send their children to religious schools on the public dime. They argued that Maine’s policy amounts to anti-religious discrimination, a violation of the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause. And based on today’s oral arguments, they will win.

This result would have been unthinkable a decade ago. Until quite recently, state funding of religious schools was understood to be unconstitutional. Then, over time, it became permissible in the context of school-choice programs. Then, in 2020, in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, it became mandatory in such programs, since, the Court held, if the program included secular private schools, it had to include religious ones.

And now it looks as though it will be mandatory even for public-school-replacement programs like Maine’s, even if the schools in question require students to attend chapel, discriminate against LGBTQ students (or bar them from attending), teach religious dogma, and present all subjects (such as evolution) from a religious point of view — as the schools in the Maine case do.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Thu Dec 9, 2021, 02:13 PM

1. It's all about destroying public schools to eliminate

teachers unions.

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Response to doc03 (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 9, 2021, 04:51 PM

6. True. I think it will also lead to segregated schools.

I live in Louisiana and we've see it happening here forever. White parents send their kids to parochial schools, that are mostly white, so it's almost a segregated system already. And now they're going to make taxpayers foot the bill for this nonsense!

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Thu Dec 9, 2021, 02:24 PM

2. This is BULLSHIT!

Oh just Christian schools I suspect.

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Response to BlueJac (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 9, 2021, 02:41 PM

3. Of course. Has to be the "right" kind of religious school.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Thu Dec 9, 2021, 03:00 PM

4. Will they next make me tithe part of my income to churches they select?

Or require me to bring money each Sunday to the collection plates of churches they choose?

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Thu Dec 9, 2021, 03:51 PM

5. If they do this, I'll make sure that my payments are specifically allocated to the state/city...

portion of the tax bill and not a dime goes to these religious schools. Why should I support these schools when I may not support their values or what not?

This is kind of saying 'Hey, support building my church on the corner down the street from me' etc., all without any say so from me or mine.

I'll also make sure that I donate to those that will fight these efforts to send our tax /public dollars to their religious freakshows. Also, if they want public dollars, then the public has a right to determine if their course layouts are within state / federal guidelines, such as math, english, etc. requirements.

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Response to Polybius (Original post)

Thu Dec 9, 2021, 05:04 PM

7. The wingnut insurrection was not needed since SCotUS is doing that job.

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