Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
One question that struck me was regarding private schools that receive government funding, and the censorship of speech or press of students there. Apparently, even though the government does provide financial support for these schools, they are still allowed to censor and restrict students' First Amendment rights while they are on campus. I found this surprising, and thought that surely if the government caught wind of this activity, they would pull their support, but apparently it is perfectly legal, as the injection of federal dollars does not make the administrators of the school government actors. Food for thought.
Amicus Curiae brief for “Locke v. Davey”
Esteemed Justices of the Court, I represent the American Organization for a Secular Government. I would like to express our society’s opinion on the case Locke v. Davey, regarding scholarship funds for students majoring in theology and intending to become a minister, pastor, priest, or other religious position.
It is our opinion that these persons who openly declare a proposed career in a non-academic or research-based religious field ought to be barred from receiving government-supported aid in their endeavors. This is not to say that these individuals should not receive need-based financial assistance from the government should they qualify, but to fund students who intend to establish a religion o’er this land is to in essence, establish a religion o’er this land. It cannot be argued that this kind of scholarship funding for these students would respect the atheistic, agnostic, or non-religious groups that
Thursday, April 9, 2009