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Discussion Group 3 South

  • Thursday, December 16, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Virtual


  • Discussion Group 3, South

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Money, Schools, & Religion Plus Merry Winter Solstice!

 Money, Schools, and Religion

The question of government support of religious schools is back in the Supreme Court.  On December 8, SCOTUS heard a case from  Maine, Carson v. Makin.

“In areas without access to public schools, Maine allows students to attend other public or private schools at public expense, but not religious ones…

Carson v. Makin arose when three sets of parents unsuccessfully filed suit on behalf of their children, arguing that the rule discriminated on the basis of religion. The federal trial court in Maine ruled in favor of the state, affirming that its “tuitioning” statute did not violate the rights of the parents or their children. https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/USCOURTS-med-1_18-cv-00327/summary On appeal, the First Circuit unanimously affirmed in favor of the state, rejecting all the parental claims.” https://casetext.com/case/carson-v-makin


The Supreme Court has become more agreeable to the idea of public money supporting religious schools in recent years. During the oral arguments, six justices appeared skeptical of Maine’s system.


Will the Court expand government aid to religious schools?  Is there anything we can do?

How do you celebrate the Solstice Holidays?

This is the time of year when it is good to slow down, to take stock of all the ‘busyness’ of the past spring and summer and all that we have accomplished and harvested during the year. Now is the time to think about ourselves; where we have been, where we are now and where we might want to direct ourselves in the future.

Monks, Gillian. Merry Midwinter (pp. 8-9). Unbound. Kindle Edition.

During the darkest time of the year we light up the long nights, gather with family and friends, exchange gifts, and enjoy the fruits of the harvest.

How do you celebrate the Solstice Holidays?  What meaning do they have for you?

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