… GOVERNMENTS CAN’T EXCLUDE RELIGIOUS INDIVIDUALS OR INSTITUTIONS FROM OTHERWISE NEUTRAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS.
RELIGIOUS CITIZENS AREN’T SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS, and RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AREN’T SECOND-CLASS ORGANIZATIONS.
THEY STAND ON EQUAL FOOTING WITH SECULAR CITIZENS WHEN APPLYING to PARTICIPATE in STATE PROGRAMS.
It’s that SIMPLE.
The amount of ongoing litigation in this arena is indicative not so much of CONFUSION but rather of the level of ANTI-RELIGIOUS HOSTILITY in the SECULAR LEFTIST LEGAL ESTABLISHMENT – AT ALL LEVELS of GOVERNMENT.
EVERY STEP of the WAY, the CRY WENT UP: “WHAT ABOUT the SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE?”
The PHRASE “SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE” is NOWHERE IN the FIRST AMENDMENT.
TO the RADICAL LEGAL LEFT, “SEPARATION of CHURCH of STATE” REALLY MEANS “MORE STATE, LESS CHURCH.”
IT ADVANCES SECULAR, CENTRALIZED CONTROL, and ITS ADVOCATES OFTEN DESPISE the VALUES and VIEWPOINTS of the CHURCH IT SEEKS to REPLACE.
OR ARE THEY the INDIVIDUALS and INSTITUTIONS WHO BELIEVE NOT JUST that the STATE CAN DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE of FAITH IN ITS NEUTRAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, BUT THAT the STATE MUST DENY THEM the BENEFITS THEY WILLINGLY PROVIDE THEIR SECULAR COUNTERPARTS?
THIS BATTLE HAS RAGED SINCE the DAWN of the MODERN WELFARE STATE, and IT WILL RAGE THROUGH the DECADES to COME.