Faith’s ‘free train’ may boomerang, in Maine and nation

The U.S. Supreme Court docket’s 6-3 resolution handed down Tuesday in Carson v. Makin isn’t a shock: It struck down a 1981 regulation that restricted “faculty alternative” funding to secular faculties.

Its quick impact will likely be restricted; Maine has an uncommon “faculty alternative” system through which cities with no faculties – there are a lot of within the flippantly populated hinterlands – ship college students anyplace they need to go, at public expense.

But it additionally represents a tectonic shift in our understanding of the Structure, as interpreted by the courtroom. Like many options of our founding doc, it has provisions that seem like in pressure.

The Maine case entails two key phrases of the First Modification, again to again. Congress is restricted from “creating an institution of faith” and likewise barred from “prohibiting the free train thereof.”

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