The Kentucky Supreme Court handed down an important church-state decision yesterday – one that ended in a victory for Americans United and our allies.
The court ruled that $10 million in state funds could not be awarded to the University of the Cumberlands (UC), a school affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. In a 5-2 decision, the court said awarding government funds to a religious institution violates the Kentucky Constitution’s clear ban on tax aid to “any church, sectarian or denominational school.” Read more
Bobby Jindal continues to "jet set" across Louisiana.
By jet, I of course mean helicopter – one funded entirely by taxpayers.
As the Wall of Separation noted last fall, the Louisiana governor spent $180,000 in taxpayer funds during his first eight months in office to travel by a State Police helicopter to many of the same churches he visited while on his campaign trail. Read more
What do federal energy policy and church-state separation have in common?
Apparently more than you might think. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a climate-change bill that allotted some hefty benefits to religious groups.
The measure, which was approved 219-212, included a provision that would provide subsidies to "faith-based" organizations and other non-profits to cover of up to 50 percent of the cost of retrofitting their energy systems. Read more