Big Montana Case at Supreme Court Is All About Religious Freedom for Parents and Students

Montana was giving tax breaks to those who donated to scholarships helping Montana students attend private schools. But when it realized most of those scholarships were going to children at religious schools, Montana stopped that from happening. Parents went to court saying that was blatant discrimination. It’s a case that ended up before the nation’s highest court this week.
 
Both sides in this case – Espinoza v Montana Department of Revenue – say they have the US Constitution on their side. Those who agree with Montana’s contention that it can’t offer any kind of government benefit that profits religion say that’s clearly a matter of separation of church and state.
 
Outside the Supreme Court, Sam Gerard of the American Humanist Association said, “Because of the Establishment Clause, we don’t believe that you as a taxpayer should be compelled to fund anybody else’s religious practices.”
 
But those who are on the side of parents with kids in religious schools in Montana say that the state government is clearly discriminating against religion when it offers a benefit to any private schools except religious ones.
 
Eric Baxter’s Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed an amicus brief on the side of the parents suing Montana. He said he was encouraged by what the justices were saying during the hearing.
 
“Five of the justices seemed to very clearly see the discrimination that’s occurring when you take funding away from students because of their religious status,” Baxter told CBN News.

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