The case is Carson v. Makin, and is centered around parents who wished to send their children to Christian schools using state aid, only to be banned from the assistance program for sending their kids somewhere that taught through a “lens of faith.”
Now, the Supreme Court appears ready to strike down the laws that these Christian parents allegedly violated.
The United States government and the commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, Pender Makin, contend that the state should not have to subsidize religious instruction.
According to filings by the religious-freedom law firm First Liberty Institute, “The First Circuit seized on what it called Espinoza’s ‘use/status distinction’ to uphold a religious exclusion in Maine’s tuition assistance program for high school students.”
Now, the Supreme Court will decide whether the Maine law in question violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
Let’s try not to get too excited just yet, but early signs point to yes.
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