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The Trinity Lutheran Decision

on Sat, 07/01/2017 - 17:14

The Trinity Lutheran decision is not a “big win” for the Douglas County School District’s voucher program.  Just the opposite, in fact.  The DCSD voucher program uses public money to pay for private religious education, and the Colorado Supreme Court held that the Colorado Constitution prohibits that use of public funds.  The Trinity Lutheran decision emphatically reaffirms that state constitutions can do just that:  prohibit the use of public funds for private religious training.

Second, the prohibition of the use of public money to pay for private religious education is not in any way “bigoted.”  To the contrary, it upholds the vital principle, enshrined in the antiestablishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, that the government cannot and should not be involved in the support of any religion.