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    Filed at 1:10 pm under by dcobranchi

    Here’s an interesting one. A Catholic school is being sued by the ACLU because they refuse to admit the daughter of a lesbian couple. This one looks to me like a no-brainer. The family’s lifestyle is in direct conflict with a fundamental belief of the church. Wouldn’t being forced to admit the child be a violation of their free exercise rights? I don’t see any difference between this case and the stripper mom case from last year.

    3 Responses to “ACLU VS. THE FIRST AMENDMENT”

    Comment by
    September 7th, 2003
    at 5:40 pm

    I hope that school isn’t taking any tax money. If it is, it may have to knuckle under.

    The NCLB report has come out on our public schools and it has caused a lot of handwringing. Putting an otherwise excellent school on the target list because the special ed students aren’t English and Math proficient is just asinine. There’s a lot of needless frustration and depression over this. I looked up the budget numbers the other day, and it appears that of our ~$750,000,000 budget, only $4,500,000 comes from the feds. Why don’t we tell them to kiss off?

    I think homeschoolers, and private schools, and public schools as much as possible, are better off telling the feds, “Don’t help me! Thanks but no!” and struggling along without their money.

    Comment by
    Skip Oliva
    September 7th, 2003
    at 7:38 pm

    Laura raises an underargued point. Most federal spending on education is tied to a litany of idiotic, unconstitutional, and just plain immoral policies, yet most schools (especially large research universities and state governments) won’t even consider rejectin federal funds out of hand. One particular problem is federally guaranteed student loans, something no college wants to turn down for fear of giving rival schools a competitive advantage.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 7th, 2003
    at 9:00 pm

    Yeah- with government money comes government strings. Always.