Supreme Court to Decide if Religious Schools in Montana Are Eligible for State Tax Credit on Scholarships

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in a case centered on whether religious schools in Montana can be eligible for a state tax credit on scholarships.

In an order released last Friday, the Supreme Court granted a petition in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.

John Bursch of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which filed an amicus brief in the case, said in comments emailed to The Christian Post on Monday that he was “encouraged that the Supreme Court is interested in the case.”

“At a minimum, the Court appears ready to say that religious schools cannot be discriminated against in a state tax-credit program,” Bursch explained.

“We’re hopeful that the Court says that all state actions discriminating against religious schools are unconstitutional.”

Bursch drew a parallel to the 2017 Supreme Court decision Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, in which the high court ruled 7-2 that a Missouri-based church could not be barred from a state-sponsored playground repair program solely because they were religious.

“No government should treat people worse just because they are religious. Espinoza is one of those cases. Montana is singling out religious schools and refusing to treat them equally with non-religious schools,” added Burch.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski