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“The concept of (First Amendment) neutrality can lead to … hostility to the religious.
Such results are not only not compelled by the Constitution, but, it seems to me, are prohibited by it.”
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg (1962-1965)
U.S. Supreme Court’s Most Important Religious Freedom Case This Term:
Question: Can states exhibit hostility to religion by prohibiting religiously affiliated schools from participating in otherwise neutral government programs solely because the groups have a religious identity?
Trinity Lutheran Church Learning Center in Missouri sought to participate in a Grant Program that provided rubberized material for school playgrounds made out of old tires in order to resurface their preschool playground with this safer, recycled material. Trinity was disqualified from the program based on an 1875 Missouri constitution amendment that prohibits public money being used to aid “any church, sect, or denomination or religion.”
“The state admits that it blatantly excludes religious organizations from a safety program that has nothing to do with religion. That’s precisely the kind of hostility to religion that the U.S. Constitution prohibits,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel.
Being neutral “doesn’t mean treating religious organizations worse than anyone else,” ADF continued. If the government can block this benefit, what’s next? “If a child is hurt on Trinity’s playground, can the county hospital send an ambulance? Or, if the city provides fire extinguishers to all preschools, can it give some to Trinity?”
“When our Founding Fathers passed the First Amendment … they never intended to construct a wall of hostility between government and the concept of religious belief itself.” President Ronald Reagan
Sunday, May 7
Catholic Teachers in Public Schools – Communion Breakfast
11:00 Mass, 12:00 Brunch & Presentation
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
440 West Neck Road
Huntington, NY 11743
To register call 516-678-5800
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witnesses to Freedom
Free to Speak:
Our public schools are not “God-Free Zones”
America’s children need not leave their faith at the school house door.
For students to be silenced or disciplined by an authority figure, for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…
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At World Meeting of Families: Defending Freedom of Religion
Barbara Samuells, president of Catholics for Freedom of Religion and a parishioner at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, shares her experience at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
Religious Freedom: Our First Amendment Right
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witness to Freedom Rally held at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School
In Service to the Church
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National Religious Freedom Day
Click here to view a video about National Religious Freedom Day 2014.