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February 25, 2004
The Year Of The Court
Jesus should be OK by SCOTUS
2004 is shaping up as 2000 ultimately ended - with the courts making the difference betrween winning and losing.
The sheer number of decisions in the hands of the courts, specifically in Pennsylvannia (redistricting) and the Supreme Court (redistricting, Pledge of Allegience, and any other emergency issue that comes before the court) can define the year in politics and energize voters in perhaps a way that the current crop of politicians don't - for their own base, that is.
Yesterday the US Supreme Court decided that the state of Washington could deny a grant to someone studying divinity.
[UPDATE 11:01 - Damnit, I hate when Atrios gets there first. :) It makes me seem like I'm aping the Eschaton.]
That doesn't seem right. Yes, you read that correctly.
And as sick as it sounds, this puts me on the same side as Justices Scalia and Thomas. Usually with such associatioin I'd assume the opposite position just on principle.
I'm all for the seperation of Church and State - just look at Bush's announcement in favor of a Family Marriage Amendment where he mentioned, by way of justification, that no "major" church sanctifies or endorses gay marriage -- but this also smacks of direct discrimination against religion.
Court OKs Denial of Divinity Scholarships
Particularly in the last quote there I can only say "huh?"
"The state has merely chosen not to fund a distinct category of instruction."
So if the state decided to not fund teaching, that would be OK?
Or am I looking over the simple fact that he is studying in a church, not in a regular school?
Decision link here (PDF).