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July 17, 2012

A Victory

Here is a victory worth noting. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

In a victory for religious freedom, a federal appeals court recently upheld a South Carolina program that allows high school students to earn elective credit toward graduation through off-campus religious courses.

Parents of two Spartanburg High students challenged a District 7 policy that allowed students to earn up to two credits for private off-campus religious courses.  They argued the policy endorses religion and entangles church and state, and contend that there's no comparable course that atheists can take for "an easy A."

But, according to the judges, “Private religious education is an integral part of the American school system.” And, Sen. Chip Campsen agrees "Having that moral and religious element to education is important to many, many people. It's important to our American culture, as part of our history. It's part of our cultural DNA."

I agree. After all, students are guaranteed freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Appeals court upholds off-campus religious classes
Seanna Adcox | Associated Press | July 02, 2012

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