USA. Supreme Court prohibits exclusion of public support for religious education


The Supreme Court of the United States of America (USA) ruled this Tuesday that authorities cannot exclude religious schools from public grant programs for access to education.

The conservative-majority Supreme Court concurred with the complaint filed by users of a program in the state of Maine that provided economic support to residents of remote areas so that they could attend public or private schools in other communities, but excluded educational centers from that possibility. religious.

The decision was approved with the vote in favor of the six conservative judges and the vote against of the three progressive judges.

Conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts argued that Maine’s program is a case of “religious discrimination” and that it promotes “a stricter separation of church and state than the Constitution provides.”

“The interests of a State do not justify laws that exclude some members of the community from a public benefit because of their religion,” wrote the president of the highest US judicial instance, according to the EFE news agency.

The progressive judge Sonia Sotomayor considered – in a divergent and unsuccessful opinion – that this measure will force “subsidizing religious indoctrination with taxpayers’ money”.

“This court is dismantling the wall of separation between Church and State, which the authors of the Constitution fought to build”, criticized the magistrate.

The Maine program was denounced by two families: one that did not receive the subsidy to take their daughter to a Christian school and another that was forced to enroll their children in a secular school when they intended to send them to a religious center.

Maine officials argued that parents are free to give their children a religious education, but that the state must promote an education that “promotes tolerance and is religiously neutral.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) regretted, on social media, that, “for the first time, the Supreme Court has explicitly required taxpayers to fund religious education in private schools”, considering that it is a decision that “damages the Constitution”. ”.


Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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