• Big Win for Religious Liberty (Chief Justice Roberts Gets This One Right(!) )

    Surge Summary: The Supreme Court handed religious schools a big win this week, deciding State cannot discriminate against a private school just because it is religious in nature. The ruling came from a narrow 5-to-4 majority (Even Chief Justice John Roberts ruled correctly!) – reminding us how important are presidential appointments to the High Bench.

    by Gary Bauer

    Religious liberty and school choice won big [Tuesday] at the Supreme Court.  The case arose after the Montana Supreme Court invalidated a program that provided tax credits for donating to a scholarship program for private schools.

    Montana terminated the program after liberal judges ruled it was illegal because religious schools also participated in the scholarship program.  Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that the Montana Supreme Court violated the First Amendment by discriminating against religious schools.

    Roberts declared, “A State need not subsidize private education. But once a State decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious.”

    That may seem like a simple principle.  But the case was decided by a slim 5-to-4 majority, which just shows how precarious religious liberty is in America today.  If “President Hillary Clinton” had appointed two Supreme Court justices, instead of President Trump, we would have lost this case 6-to-3.

    Many conservatives have been disappointed by recent Supreme Court decisions, and by John Roberts in particular.  But I don’t need to tell you what damage would be inflicted upon our freedoms by a judiciary packed with progressives appointed by Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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