Christian Legal Society Enters School Funding Discrimination Case

May 5, 2005

Source: Christian Examiner

On May 5, 2005 the Christian Examiner reported, "fearing a California Supreme Court ruling that could have a devastating impact on tax-exempt bond funding for Christian schools and universities, the Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law & Religious Freedom has filed a 'friend-of-the-court' brief on behalf of three Southern California campuses. 'The essence of religious freedom is government neutrality towards religion,' Gregory S. Baylor, director of the Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law & Religious Freedom, said in a news release. The brief, on behalf of Azusa Pacific University, California Baptist University, and the Oaks Christian School, argues that California should not use a church-state provision in its constitution to discriminate against intentionally religious schools by denying them the benefits of tax-exempt bond financing. The state high court has agreed to review the case, which was first brought by the California Statewide Communities Development Authority, which offers tax-exempt bond financing to institutions, including private schools, for the development of projects intended to benefit the public."

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