With America on edge waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision that will decide the fate of Roe v. Wade and possibly trigger a summer of leftist violence, the nation’s highest court is taking care of other business and on Tuesday, delivered a major win for advocates of school choice that will have far-reaching ramifications at a time when parents are seeking to avoid subjecting their children to leftist-dominated public schools.
In a 6-3 ruling in which Chief Justice John Roberts sided with conservatives, the court ruled that the state of Maine’s taxpayer-funded tuition program which banned the use of vouchers to attend private religious schools when it allows them to be used for private secular schools was in violation of the First Amendment.
“Maine’s ‘nonsectarian’ requirement for its otherwise generally available tuition assistance payments violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. Regardless of how the benefit and restriction are described, the program operates to identify and exclude otherwise eligible schools on the basis of their religious exercise,” Justice Roberts wrote.
Chief Justice Roberts (Carson v Makin, 2022): “Maine’s ‘nonsectarian’ requirement for its otherwise generally available tuition assistance payments violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.” pic.twitter.com/mlrJRSZV8s
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) June 21, 2022
Reactions poured in on Twitter.
“Today, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that Maine cannot exclude religious schools from the state’s school choice program,” Republican Senator Ted Cruz said. “This is a massive win for families, the school choice movement, and for religious liberty.”
Today, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that Maine cannot exclude religious schools from the state’s school choice program.
This is a massive win for families, the school choice movement, and for religious liberty.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 21, 2022
“This is huge. Now is the time for universal school choice,” wrote Christopher R. Rufo who has led the fight against Critical Race Theory and transgender indoctrination in schools.
This is huge. Now is the time for universal school choice.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) June 21, 2022
Conservative media personality Glenn Back cheered the ruling, “The Supreme Court’s religious school ruling is a HUGE win. But let’s take it a step further: STOP forcing me to pay taxes for public schools that teach everything I’m 100% against!”
The Supreme Court's religious school ruling is a HUGE win. But let's take it a step further: STOP forcing me to pay taxes for public schools that teach everything I'm 100% against!
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) June 21, 2022
Others slammed the ruling, including Barack Obama appointee Justice Sonya Sotomayor.
“This Court continues to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state that the Framers fought to build,” wrote the “wise Latina” in her blistering dissent.
Teachers’ union boss Randi Weingarten issued a scathing statement through the American Federation of Teachers.
The 1st Amendment was meant to balance the establishment clause & free exercise clause. Instead, this creates further strife and tension between taxpayers and people of different religions, which the establishment clause was intended to protect against. https://t.co/YeECgA87uB
— Randi Weingarten ☮️🇺🇦 (@rweingarten) June 21, 2022
“Remarkably and stunningly, even for this right-wing majority, this decision completely vitiates the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution and, with it, the separation of church and state, a core constitutional principle that has bound this country together since its founding,” she wrote. “Today the court has decided that taxpayers must pay for the private religious education of others.”
The rabidly “woke” remnants of what used to be the nation’s most high-profile civil rights organization before it fully aligned itself with the pro-censorship, authoritarian Democratic Party also railed against the ruling.
“For 20 years, courts have upheld Maine’s right to prohibit public funding of religious education,” tweeted the ACLU. “The Supreme Court’s decision today undermines our Constitution’s promise of separation between government and religion.”
For 20 years, courts have upheld Maine's right to prohibit public funding of religious education.
The Supreme Court’s decision today undermines our Constitution’s promise of separation between government and religion.
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 21, 2022
More reactions to the court’s ruling:
Twenty-five years after I filed the first lawsuit challenging Maine’s exclusion of religious schools from its town tuitioning program, SCOTUS agrees with me in Carson. What an incredible day. I’m overwhelmed. https://t.co/ih0FUmUol8
— Nicole Garnett (@nsgarnett) June 21, 2022
The right of parents to educate their children at religious institutions cannot be infringed upon or discriminated against by the state. SCOTUS affirmed this truth today in its ruling on Carson v Maykin – this is a big win for religious freedom!
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) June 21, 2022
Historic win for PARENTS! School choice creates opportunity & improves the quality of education for every student. https://t.co/RnfQ9zASUv
— Kim Reynolds (@KimReynoldsIA) June 21, 2022
Breaking: SCOTUS rules 6-3 that private religious schools must be included in public tax payer funded tuition assistance programs.
Apparently separation of religion and state isn’t a thing any more.
We must expand the court to 13 and protect our Democracy.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) June 21, 2022
Based on the SCOTUS ruling in Maine today, if I open a School run by the Church of Satan will Arkansas have to assist with tuition? Inquiring minds want to know.
— Donna Bishop 🤗 (@dbishop4152) June 21, 2022
The ruling against Maine’s religious discrimination will provide more fuel for Democrat calls to pack the Supreme Court, a given considering the party’s absolute contempt for the nation’s institutions.
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