Americans UnitedHi all,
This is a serious challenge to our way of life and the US constitution. Obama took the wrong side of this issue in extending cooperation to right wing extremists on the separation of church and state. Any bridging of that separation puts religious freedom for all in jeopardy because once one religion is favored with tax money, that is a threat to all religions as well as the non-religious. Please do what you can to be aware of developments on this issue and take action accordingly consistent with your own beliefs.
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Sent: Monday, April 04, 2011 12:01 PM
Subject: AU Press Release : AU Condemns Supreme Court Ruling Dismissing Challenge To State Aid To Arizona Religious Schools
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Americans United Condemns Supreme Court Ruling Dismissing Challenge To State Aid To Arizona Religious Schools
Church-State Watchdog Group Says Obama Administration Betrayed Public Education By Taking Wrong Side In Important School-Funding Case
April 4, 2011
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today criticized a U.S. Supreme Court ruling dismissing a challenge to tax aid to religious schools in Arizona.
In a 5-4 ruling, the high court today turned back a legal challenge to an Arizona scheme that allows taxpayers to take a 100 percent credit for donations to "school tuition organizations" that fund religious and other private schools. The court said the plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the case.
"This misguided ruling betrays the public school system by directing tax dollars to religious schools," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case. "The court, with the full support of the Obama administration, has slammed the courthouse door in the face of Americans who don't want their tax dollars to subsidize religion."
Under the controversial program, nearly 92 percent of the funds collected have gone for tuition at religious schools. Taxpayers challenged the plan as a violation of church-state separation.
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