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The U.S. Supreme Court separates Church and the State

In three decisions taken in the past eight weeks, the court has ruled against the government official's policies and actions to avoid "violating the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment prohibition on government's endorsement of religion," also known as the "establishment clause." This means that the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has now chipped away at the wall separating the church and the states in a series of new ruling which erodes American Legal traditions that are intended to "prevent government officials from promoting any particular faith".

The court's justices were in the majority in a 6-3 ruling. The decision was taken in a court's 2020 ruling in Montana's case that paved the way for charging more tax in dollars to flow to religious schools, Chief justice John Roberts headed the bench, and most of the liberal members were dissenting. chief justice Roberts wrote that Maine's program "operates to identify and exclude otherwise eligible schools based on their religious exercise."

The plaintiffs have used the taxpayer's dollars to send their children to the Christian schools that integrate religion into their classrooms. They also tend to maintain policies against gay and transgender students and staff. But the First Amendment prohibits the government's endorsement of any particular religion in the "establishment clause." At the same time, the liberal justices said that the ruling forces state's to fund religious education despite the establishment cause. While liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor has written in dissent that "Today, the court leads us to a place where the separation of the Church and the States becomes a constitutional violation."

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