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Public Funds, Parochial Schools
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Can public funding support students who seek a religious education? A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision says, ‘no’. A 7-2 majority said in a recent case that a state funded scholarship program could deny a student funds to attend a religious educational program. But an earlier decision allowing government funded tuition vouchers to go to parents who may use them for a religious education for their children keeps the issue and the public debate alive. The decision may well impact the movement for government funded faith-based initiatives, scholarship and voucher programs.

Elliot Mincberg is Vice President and Legal and Education Policy Director of People for the American Way Foundation, a national organization that promotes constitutional and civil rights. Mr. Mincberg has served as co-counsel in a number of important religious freedom cases including challenges to school voucher programs in four states. Mincberg, a former partner at the Washington D.C. law firm of Hogan and Hartson, received his law degree with honors from Harvard Law School.

Jay Alan Sekulow is Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, a public interest law firm headquartered in Virginia Beach Virginia. A nationally recognized defender of religious freedom, Sekulow has argued seven cases before the United States Supreme Court and won several key Supreme Court decisions protecting the rights of right of free speech and assembly for religious groups. A graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, Sekulow has written numerous books and publications on religious freedom and is a frequent speaker on the topic. Recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States, Sekulow also hosts a national call-in radio program, Jay Sekulow Live.

Closing Quote
"The place of religion in our society is an exalted one, achieved through a long tradition of reliance on the home, the church and the inviolable citadel of the individual heart and mind. We have come to recognize through bitter experience that it is not within the power of government to invade that citadel, whether its purpose or effect be to aid or oppose, to advance or retard. In the relationship between man and religion, the State is firmly committed to a position of neutrality. Though the application of that rule requires interpretation of a delicate sort, the rule itself is clearly and concisely stated in the words of the First Amendment."

— From Justice Clark's opinion in Abington School District v. Schempp

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