For those who don’t think there’s a war on religious freedom in the United States, this court case not only proves them wrong but also shows the immoral lengths judges and leaders will go to. In this particular case, the Court jeopardized the education of young children.
Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of religious freedom. SCOTUS rules 5-to-4 in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue that Montana violated the Constitution when it prohibited religious schools from participating in a tax-credit program.
The tax-credit program was centered around scholarships and is a huge win for “school choice advocates and parents who wish to use their scholarship funds to send their children to religious schools,” writes National Review.
Three families in Montana sued the Department of Revenue after they were not allowed to use scholarship funds for their children’s tuition at Stillwater Christian School. The Montana Supreme Court decided the solution would be to entirely cancel the scholarship program altogether. Attorneys for the families argued the court’s decision was because the program included religious schools.
Therefore, in order to reverse the Montana Court’s decision and salvage the scholarship program, it was appealed to the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Roberts wrote the opinion for the majority, and agreed with the three family’s attorneys, reversing the ruling of The Montana Supreme Court, which was “to the detriment of religious and non-religious schools alike” wrote Roberts.
“The Montana Supreme Court invalidated the program pursuant to a state law provision that expressly discriminates on the basis of religious status,” Roberts wrote. “The Court applied that provision to hold that religious schools were barred from participating in the program. Then, seeing no other ‘mechanism’ to make absolutely sure that religious schools received no aid, the court chose to invalidate the entire program.”
Montana’s Supreme Court was so against children receiving scholarships to go to religious schools for their education, that the only conceivable solution was to impact the future of all children. That’s liberalism; advocate for scholarships to help families in need provide an education for their children, unless there is even an iota of conservatism or religion, then everyone is S-O-L and courts continue to do permanent damage via legislation.