The court based its findings in part on the different histories and contexts of the Texas and Kentucky displays. A: Because they say its passage could open the door to state spending on other forms of religious activity in Oklahoma, particularly in the education sphere. If the authors of the ballot measure had only wanted to allow a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol, they could have written a proposed constitutional amendment authorizing that, opponents contend.
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Instead, they opted to strike Article 2, Section 5 in its entirety. Q: Would passage clear the way for the state to provide tax-financed vouchers for private education?
A: A limited form of vouchers already is on the books and has survived a Supreme Court challenge. The Lindsay Nicole Henry scholarship fund provides taxpayer money to help parents enroll disabled children in private schools.
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In its February ruling, the Supreme Court said the program did not violate Article 2, Section 5 because the choice of schools is made by parents, not the state. Some opponents of SQ predict its passage would enable lawmakers to enact more sweeping voucher programs.
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But the ACLU says that characterization is inaccurate. It says Article 2, Section 5, was crafted in by community leaders, clergymen and Native Americans who wanted to keep politics out of religion.
Among other things, some of them were concerned about government-financed schools that attempted to force Christianity on native children. Q: If SQ passes, will religious groups be able to erect more public monuments or file more lawsuits? A: Possibly. Eight new questions will appear on the next census form in April , on subjects including renewable energy, internet access, smoking, working from home, volunteering, and childcare.
Changes have also been made to 25 existing questions including disability, ethnic groups, the Irish language and religion. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member?
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