Supreme Court Hears Case on Scholarship Funding for Religion

December 2, 2003

Source: American Civil Liberties Union

On December 2, 2003 American Civil Liberties Union reported, "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in Locke v. Davey, which raises the question of whether the federal constitution compels a state to provide scholarship funds for clergy training, in violation of its own constitution.  The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, said a ruling requiring such financial support would not be consistent with existing law and would improperly entangle government with religion.  'Public funding for ministerial training raises special and long-held concerns about government involvement with religion,' said ACLU Legal Director Steven R. Shapiro. 'In addition, in a religiously diverse society taxpayer money should not be used in a manner that benefits only some religions.' In today’s case, Joshua Davey is appealing the denial of a Washington State 'Promise Scholarship' that he had planned to use to train for an evangelical ministry."