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October 23, 2023
Oklahoma AG Sues To Block State Funded Catholic Charter School
Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond said the approval of a Catholic charter school by the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board violates the Constitution. Drummond filed a lawsuit to block the religious charter school that would receive taxpayer funding. He claimed the school would be a "gross violation of our religious liberty."
This would have been the nation's first religious charter school. However, according to Drummond, such institutions would violate constitutional rights. Although he considers himself "a strong supporter of religious liberty," he believes that this school "does nothing to advance that worthy cause."
In other words, your child only has a right to be indoctrinated with gender-bender coercion. And you are violating other people's religious liberties once you start making those decisions regarding your kids.
Does that make a whole lot of sense to anyone? The fact that some people may not want their child to go to a religious school, trumps your right to send your kid to that school. Sounds like some people in Oklahoma need to take another look at the Constitution.
"There is no religious freedom in compelling Oklahomans to fund religions that may violate their own deeply held beliefs," Drummond stated. "The framers of the U.S. Constitution and those who drafted Oklahoma's Constitution clearly understood how best to protect religious freedom: by preventing the State from sponsoring any religion at all."
In July, 10 plaintiffs sued to block St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School with the help of national organizations, including Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Education Law Center, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
“We applaud Attorney General Drummond for his efforts to protect church-state separation and public education in Oklahoma. The law is clear: Charter schools are public schools that must be secular and serve all students. St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School plans to discriminate against students, families, and staff and indoctrinate students into one religion. Allowing a religious public charter school like St. Isidore to operate would be a sea change for our democracy,” the plaintiffs said in a joint statement.
Gov. Kevin Stitt denounced Drummond’s challenge.
“This lawsuit is a political stunt and runs counter to our Oklahoma values and the law. AG Drummond seems to lack any firm grasp on the constitutional principle of religious freedom and masks his disdain for the Catholics’ pursuit by obsessing over non-existent schools that don’t neatly align with his religious preference,” Stitt said.
He added, “His discriminatory and ignorant comment concerning a potential Muslim charter is a perfect illustration,” Stitt said. “The creation of [St. Isidore] is a win for religious and educational freedom in Oklahoma. We want parents to be able to choose the education that is best for their kids, regardless of income. The state shouldn’t stand in the way.”
Basically, you must pay taxes to fund government-run schools that arguably indoctrinate your children. But you have no say in what sort of school those funds are directed to because it is somehow against the Constitution.
Does that make any sense to anyone?
This is why school choice is a very important issue. Rather than the money funding failing schools that do very little in regard to actual education, it should follow the student. This not only preserves religious liberty but actually holds institutions accountable.
No matter how many failing students public schools put out, they still get paid. This arguably creates lazy people who could care less about actually teaching students education.
Rather than have schools teach students about things that matter, we now have institutions that do nothing but use activists to indoctrinate kids.
If we really want to preserve religious liberty, we should not be forced to pay for the secular indoctrination of children, and parents should be allowed to use their tax dollars to fund the education of their choice.
Just in case it was not obvious to the RHINO republican Oklahoma attorney general, the words "separation", "church" or "state" are not found in the First Amendment. It is actually not in any founding document associated with the United States of America.