Will SCOTUS rule to wipe clean the 19th century bigotry that still is in existence in the USA?
In a Previous Post titled, Blaine Folly of Religious Bigotry to End? reported that the Supreme Court will rule on the blatant bigotry beginning after the Civil War against Catholics in the USA.
The Purpose of This Post
Is to convey Excerpts from the amicus brief in Espinoza, to convey awareness of origins of the anti-Catholic bigotry folly which is still in existence and being enforced in Courts in the USA.
Hopefully it will finally be ruled unconstitutional same as for example, equal rights to end racial bigotry was overruled in the 20th century.
Ecclesiastes 3 New International Version (NIV)
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: Selected phrases:
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
Excerpts -Amicus Brief in Espinoza
- Blaine Amendments, including the Montana Blaine Amendment, were adopted as part of a campaign against Catholics
- This Court (SCOTUS) has repeatedly recognized the Anti-Catholic origins of the Blaine Amendments.
- Because of their recognized anti-Catholic origins, Blaine Amendments are presumptuously unconstitutional under the (First Amendment) Freedom of Exercise Clause,
- Montana’s Blaine is easily recognizable as a presumptively unconstitutional Amendment.
What’s My Point?
When I attended a Catholic Grammar School seventy years ago, the Nuns collected weekly an envelope from every student which contained twenty-five cents for tuition. There were four kids in my family.
Today’s costs to attend a private or religious school range from $7,000 upward to $21,000 a year to send one child. For a family of four, it is for the most part economically impossible for any poor or middle-class parents to afford.
The average cost today for each public-school child paid with taxpayer funds range from $12,000 to $25,000 per student which vary by locations in the USA.
If parents want to send their children to a private or religious school, they still are obligated to pay real estate taxes to fund public schools, for the rest of their lives.
In other words, by requiring parents to pay two sets of tuitions in their lifetimes, government is economically preventing “free exercise thereof: of their First Amendment Rights.
Read the full Amicus Brief in the Source Links below on the issue of parental and religious freedom. To be able to have their own children taught religious values, while many may be working two jobs to be able to raise a family in the USA in our contemporary times.
If after reading, was the Blaine Amendment “a time to plant bigotry” to make it over time economically impossible for parents’ to choose for their children to to be taught their religious values in schools of their choice?
Is now the time ” to uproot” the inequity and injustice of the Blaine Amendments religious bigotry in the USA? Not only against Catholics, but all religious faiths.
If so, hopefully SCOTUS will at the same time provide legal guidelines to explain what is or is not a religion vs. a political entity, to prevent children from being indoctrinated under the guise of teaching political views rather than religious values.
Have you ever wondered why anything the government is involved in always seems to cost more as shown in the above cost comparisons of public vs. private schools?
Is now finally in the 21st century, the time to end the silence and speak out to end religious bigotry of the Blaine Amendments?
Regards and good will blogging.
Amicus Brief of Espinoza vs. Montana (pdf)
Blaine Folly of Religious Bigotry to End?
What is Not a Religion?
Average Cost Per Student – Public Schools
Average Cost Per Student – Private Schools
Previous Posts – School Vouchers
Ecclesiastes Chapter Three