Uncommon Sense

June 23, 2022

Release the Kraken! . . . Er, the Law of Unintended Consequences!

The Supreme Court of the U.S., hereafter SCOTUS, in a recent decision (Carson v. Makin) made the bizarre decision that the state of Maine was required to fund religious schools because the state subsidizes private schools where no public schools are available.

In other words, Maine (and all other states with similar laws, etc.) has to choose between the separation of church and state and funding secular private schools, but now including funding discriminating religious schools (schools that ban gays, teach creationism as science, etc.)

There are a number of “workarounds” of this ridiculous SCOTUS ruling.

One would make be to pass a state law restricting state educational funding only to those schools which abide by the states anti-discriminatory statutes (and other rules governing schooling). Then the religious schools would have to decide how much they want that state funding. Do they want it enough to not implement their doctrines of hatred?

Another workaround would be simply to abide by the decision: since secular private schools are funded, so must be religious schools, so stop using state funds to support all such private schools. Be fair, be equitable.

Which is more important constitutionally: separation of church and state (first amendment rights) or funding of private schools? Those too far from public schools made their decision to live where they do in full knowledge of the schools issue. So, let their children be homeschooled or remotely schooled from the nearest secular public school.

Actually, I would just like to see what happened in Maine when Islamic schools applied for school funding, or radical yeshivas, heck, a Taliban School for Domestic Terrorism.

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8 Comments »

  1. From what I read the US is getting weirder by the day.

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    Comment by Ark — June 23, 2022 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

  2. I’m with you on that last sentence … ! Or even teaching Buddhism or Hinduism or the Peyote religion!

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    Comment by Nan — June 23, 2022 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

    • Or the school of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Basically they have established a backdoor voucher program, what they wanted all along.

      I think I would like to see all payments to private schools cut off and a letter sent to them explaining that it was because of the religious schools that the action was necessitated and then have all the negativity fall on the religious assholes.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 23, 2022 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

  3. “I would just like to see what happened in Maine when Islamic schools applied for school funding, or radical yeshivas, heck, a Taliban School for Domestic Terrorism.”

    I think this is exactly what is going to happen. They’ve really opened up a can of worms here. If they must provide funding to religious christian schools, they must provide funding for ANY religious school that meets the criteria. This is going to come back to bite them.

    Of course the biggest problem with this nonsense is that what this ultimately is going to do is suck even more money away from the public school system which is already strapped for cash thanks to decades of underfunding.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — June 23, 2022 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

    • Which is like why I like the claw back of not funding any private schools at all. Use that money to remotely school kids way out of district and kids within district.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 24, 2022 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  4. If Christians believe atheism is a religion, maybe Atheist in Maine should embrace that and create a school publicly funded. I love the idea of tax dollars supporting atheism coming from fundamentalists.

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    Comment by Tom Stucky — June 26, 2022 @ 8:41 am | Reply

  5. Nice post🤠

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    Comment by Butterfly — July 3, 2022 @ 6:58 pm | Reply


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