Outraged parents say class on Constitution is unconstitutional


The fact that an Ohio school district is offering a voluntary, 12-week summer course on the Constitution has got some parents in the affluent community hopping mad.

The nominal $35 registration fee covers the total costs of the course, called Institution of the Constitution, being offered at Springboro High School, so the school district itself isn’t contributing anything other than otherwise unused classroom space, according to The Daily Caller.

Nonetheless, some parents believe the whole thing is unconstitutional, because the course designer and instructors are overtly religious.

“I googled some of the names — some of the groups that are teaching the classes — and of course my assumptions were correct in finding out it was a religion-based class,” parent Jenny Nijak informed local NVC affiliate WLWT.

“The fact that we’re using public resources for something that is clearly promoting a political and religious agenda that appears to be unconstitutional as well as a waste of taxpayer dollars is unconscionable,” parent David Bowman said.

In short, it’s the course content that the parents object to. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution makes it clear not only that religious freedom was important to the founders, but freedom of expression was also. It provides:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Given this, it would be difficult to imagine how one could teach this voluntary, non-tax funded course without bringing up religion.

Meanwhile, taxpayer funds are used to teach students in California how to promote the Affordable Care Act to their parents.

Watch the news report from local NBC affiliate WLWT:


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