Supreme Court ignored the Constitution in ruling in favor of religious schools, says Boston Globe columnist

The court’s conservative justices are also more than willing to ignore the plain language of the Constitution itself when they see fit,” 她写了. The court, Stohr wrote, usedone part of the First Amendment to override anotherand ignored parts of the Constitution the court doesn’t like.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Maine tuition program violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment because it excluded religious schools.

Maine’s ‘nonsectarian’ requirement for its otherwise generally available tuition assistance payments violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the Carson v. Makin opinion. “Regardless of how the benefit and restriction are described, the program operates to identify and exclude otherwise eligible schools on the basis of their religious exercise.

Blake Fox, 19, 华盛顿州, listens to a live broadcast of the U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Carson v. Makin, a challenge to a Maine tuition assistance program that bars taxpayer money from being used to pay for religious instruction, 在华盛顿, 十二月. 8, 2021. 路透社/伊丽莎白弗兰茨

Blake Fox, 19, 华盛顿州, listens to a live broadcast of the U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Carson v. Makin, a challenge to a Maine tuition assistance program that bars taxpayer money from being used to pay for religious instruction, 在华盛顿, 十二月. 8, 2021. 路透社/伊丽莎白弗兰茨 (路透社/伊丽莎白弗兰茨)

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It’s only the latest nail in the coffin of the Establishment Clause, a crucial priority of the Founders, who sought to avoid the state-sponsored religion of the nation from which it broke,” the author wrote.

She highlighted Justice Stephen Breyer’s and Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissents. “This Court continues to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state that the Framers fought to build,” Sotomayor wrote.

Under Roberts’s reasoning, in the court’s view, just about any rule seeking to put distance between government sponsored activities and religion can be deemed to run afoul of the Constitution. And religious rights groups are counting on that,” the Boston Globe columnist wrote.

FILE - 在这个四月 23, 2021, file photo members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington. Seated from left are Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, 首席大法官约翰·罗伯茨, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Before the Supreme Court this is week is an argument over whether public schools can discipline students over something they say off-campus. (艾琳沙夫/纽约时报通过美联文件 泳池, File)

文件 – 在这个四月 23, 2021, file photo members of the Supreme Court pose for a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington. Seated from left are Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, 首席大法官约翰·罗伯茨, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Standing from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Before the Supreme Court this is week is an argument over whether public schools can discipline students over something they say off-campus. (艾琳沙夫/纽约时报通过美联社, 泳池, 文件)

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