U.S. Supreme Court allows public schools to give credit for private religious instruction: Anglican Ink, November 13, 2012 November 13, 2012Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ink, Education, Politics.
Tags: Becket Fund for Religous Liberty, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Moss v Spartanburg County School District, public schools, religious freedom
The United States Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of Moss v. Spartanburg Cty School District letting stand a Fourth Circuit decision allowing students to gain academic credit by attending off-campus religion classes during the school day.
In 2009 the Freedom From Religion Foundation brought suit against South Carolina’s Spartanburg County School District No.7 over its “released time” program. The Foundation claimed allowing public school students to attend religious instruction classes at private schools during school hours violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The South Carolina District Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Foundation’s arguments. In a unanimous decision the Fourth Circuit held: “[T]he program properly accommodates religion without establishing it, in accordance with the First Amendment.”
Read it all in Anglican Ink.