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Supreme Court boosts rights of religious organizations to get public funds

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled to allow states to provide tax credits for individuals donating money to faith-based educational institutions.
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The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled to allow states to provide tax credits for individuals donating money to faith-based educational institutions.

The case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, sought to decide whether or not the Montana state government violated the religion clauses or the equal protection clause of the Constitution by prohibiting funding for religious schools while allowing it for education in general. It was decided in a 5-4 vote, with the liberal wing and the conservative wing of the court voting as separate blocs.

“The application of the no-aid provision discriminated against religious schools and the families whose children attend or hope to attend them in violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the Federal Constitution,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the court’s majority opinion.

The case arose after three mothers were barred by state law from using their children’s scholarship funds won from the state for tuition at a private Christian school. The state law, the result of a Blaine amendment, originally designed as an anti-Catholic measure, is on the books in several states.

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