Supreme Court rules in favor of religious schools

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Maine cannot exempt religious schools from taxpayer tuition assistance that allows parents to send children to a school of their choice.

The decision regarding the case heard in December marks a victory for religious freedom in the state.

The decision

“Maine’s ‘nonsectarian’ requirement for its otherwise generally available tuition assistance payments violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the court’s opinion.

“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,” he added.

A win for religious freedom

“Today, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that Maine cannot exclude religious schools from the state’s school choice program,” Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz wrote.

“This is a massive win for families, the school choice movement, and for religious liberty,” he added.

BIG WIN for parents and students today at the Supreme Court holding states cannot discriminate against religious schools. America is a Nation that cherishes freedom of religion, not freedom from religion,” American First Policy Institute added.

The win adds to a growing list of conservative victories as three Trump-nominated justices serve in their first full year together in the nation’s highest court.

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