The last few weeks have brought anti-Christian ruling after ruling from the Supreme Court.
With all these losses to our religious freedom, it’s easy to get discouraged.
But the Supreme Court finally got one right and gave Christians a huge win!
Private schools in Montana have been fighting a hard battle for quite a while, but it took one single mother to bring the issue to the Supreme Court.
Kendra Espinoza is dedicated to her two daughters’ education and is committed to keeping them enrolled in a solid Christian school.
So when developments in state and federal funding threatened the Espinoza girls’ education, Kendra took to the courts to make sure her daughters could stay at their Christian school.
Kendra’s home state of Montana barred families from using a tax credit scholarship to enroll their children in private, religiously-based schools.
But Kendra and her lawyers have fought against this restriction, arguing that many parents rely on educational vouchers and funds like the tax credit scholarship to send their children to solid Christian schools of their choice.
Although the idea of “separation of church and state” has often been interpreted to prohibit any federal or state funding from going to private schools, the Supreme Court stood behind Kendra and her daughters and ruled just the opposite!
Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue has generated a heated debate about public funding for private schools, but in the end, Trump’s court decided in favor of Christian parents.
In a “narrow but significant” 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court supported private faith-based schools and underscored the necessity of free school choice across the country!
Chief Justice John Roberts, who led the vote in favor of Christian parents, wrote, “A State need not subsidize private education.”
“But once a State decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious,” Chief Justice Roberts continued.
Roberts stood against many politicians and activists on the left who have opposed school choice and voted to force Christian children into failed public schools.
“Drawing on ‘enduring American tradition,’ we have long recognized the rights of parents to direct ‘the religious upbringing’ of their children,” Justice Roberts added.
“Many parents exercise that right by sending their children to religious schools, a choice protected by the Constitution.”
“But the no-aid provision [in Montana] penalizes that decision by cutting families off from otherwise available benefits if they choose a religious private school rather than a secular one, and for no other reason.”
In other words, restricting parents from using educational credits on private education is blatant discrimination.
Although the Montana Department of Revenue claimed that its regulations were doing no harm to these parents and families, Justice Roberts exposed their devious intentions.
“The Department’s argument that the no-aid provision actually promotes religious freedom is unavailing because an infringement of First Amendment rights cannot be justified by a State’s alternative view that the infringement advances religious liberty.”
“The Department’s argument is especially unconvincing because the infringement here [in Espinoza’s case] broadly burdens not only religious schools but also the families whose children attend them.”
As news of the Supreme Court’s ruling spreads across the nation, parents and advocates everywhere are relieved by the turn of events.
“The weight that this monumental decision carries is immense,” said Jeanne Allen, founder of the pro-school choice organization Center for Education Reform.
“For many families, [this ruling] not only provides the potential for expanded opportunities for them to educate their children, including the choice of religious education, but also the right to decide what they believe is the most effective way to do so.”
This favorable ruling is just one more way the Trump administration has stood up for religious rights against the discrimination and hatred of the left.
President Trump himself commented on the court’s ruling, calling it a “historic win” for school choice.
“School choice is a civil rights issue, and no parent should have to send their child to a failing school,” he added. “I will continue to fight for school choice and will always defend religious freedom!”
“Frankly, school choice is the civil rights statement of the year, of the decade and probably beyond. Because all children have to have access to quality education.”
Let’s celebrate this victory for religious freedom!