Archive for the ‘Tax Funding of Religion’ Category

Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

As if there aren’t already enough reasons why public funds should never support religious education – here are just a few more.

Reason No. 793: NBC’s Today Show recently interviewed a Florida teacher who said she was fired by a Christian school after school officials learned she became pregnant before her marriage.

Jarretta Hamilton said she was terminated in […] Read More

Tax Funding of Religion

Prominent critic of church-state separation and Religious Right darling U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is back in the news.

According to the Minnesota Independent, Bachmann and her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, have used $30,000 in state funds since 2007 to run a counseling center that “uses counseling methods steeped in fundamentalist Christianity.”

The news report indicates that the clinic, Bachmann […] Read More

Tax Funding of Religion

The Kentucky Supreme Court handed down an important church-state decision yesterday – one that ended in a victory for Americans United and our allies.

The court ruled that $10 million in state funds could not be awarded to the University of the Cumberlands (UC), a school affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. In a 5-2 decision, the court said […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion, This Day in History

Yesterday, we reported here at “The Wall of Separation” about a dangerous legislative effort afoot in Maryland to directly subsidize religious schools. Monday was the last day the General Assembly would be in session, and one of the bills remaining would have allocated $10 million in direct tax support to religious schools in danger of shutting down. […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Tax Funding of Religion

Today, the Maryland legislature may vote on a bill that would provide direct funding to Catholic schools.

SB 385, which formerly proposed tax credits for tuition expenditures at religious and other private schools, was altered Saturday night by the House Ways and Means subcommittee to provide $10 million in direct grants to private schools.

The measure, originally called the Building […] Read More

Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

Misguided Florida lawmakers are trying to railroad through a constitutional amendment that would allow tax dollars to subsidize religion.

By a 6-2 vote yesterday, the Senate Committee on Education PreK-12 approved a ballot measure that would delete church-state separation safeguards in the state constitution.

Sen. Thad Altman (R-Melbourne) tried to depict SJR 2550 as a protection for religious […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Religious Discrimination, Tax Funding of Religion

For several years now, Americans United and other groups have spoken out against religious hiring bias in taxpayer-funded “faith-based” programs.

The issue to many people might seem like a legal abstraction. That’s why it’s helpful to occasionally have a human face put on the controversy.

Consider the case of Saad Mohammad Ali, a Washington state resident who volunteered […] Read More

Religious Discrimination, Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

The battle to end Washington, D.C.’s controversial school voucher program is entering a critical phase.

A little background: The plan, pitched as an “experiment,” was initially authorized in 2004 for five years. Heavily promoted by the Bush administration, it passed the House of Representatives by a single vote six years ago on a night when many voucher opponents were away […] Read More

Government-Sponsored Religion, Religious School Vouchers, Tax Funding of Religion

The Washington Post yesterday added to its long list of editorials and columns in support of Washington, D.C.’s controversial school voucher plan.

The newspaper seems to have an obsession with keeping the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program alive, despite knowing that the program has shown no improvement in student performance, lacks accountability, hurts public schools and subsidizes religious education with taxpayer […] Read More

Faith-Based Initiatives, Government-Sponsored Religion, Religion and politics, Religious Symbols on Public Property, Tax Funding of Religion

The one-year anniversary today of the unveiling of President Barack Obama’s version of the “faith-based” initiative has pushed the issue back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, the news is not good.

Speaking at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast, Obama boasted that he had “turned the faith-based initiative around.”

I was surprised to read that statement, because everything I see indicates that we’re […] Read More

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