The State of Maryland maintains the Maryland Nonpublic Student Textbook Program and the Nonpublic Aging Schools Program, whereby nonpublic schools can receive free textbooks and/or funds to offset the costs of their aging buildings if they provide certain “assurances” to the state. Some religious schools in Maryland have participated in these programs in the past. Recently, however, two new strings were attached to schools that wish to participate in these programs: schools must provide assurances that they (1) will not discriminate against gay and lesbian students in their admissions policies and (2) will not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in their employment practices.
Money. There’s simply no way around the fact that it’s something every ministry has to deal with. Maintaining financial integrity with the money that flows through your ministry is truly foundational to your ministry’s very existence, as well as to the jobs and livelihoods of those you employ—not to mention your ministry's ability to reach your community for Christ.
The NCLL has been defending religious liberty in America’s public schools for many years. What is most distressing to us is the fact that so many Christian public school administrators refuse to allow appropriate religious expression in public schools out of fear of a backlash from one or two people or lawsuits by legal groups that are openly hostile to religion, particularly Christianity.
Along with all Americans who love freedom and revere our nation’s Constitution, the NCLL mourns the sudden death this weekend of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. President Ronald Reagan appointed Justice Scalia to the court in 1986. As an “originalist” (one who believes the Constitution needs to be preserved as our Founders intended) and as a “textualist” (one who believes that courts should make rulings based on what the Constitution actually says, not what others might want it to say), “Nino,” as he was called by his many friends and admirers on both sides of America’s ideological divide, was a larger-than-life figure on the Supreme Court. Justice Scalia stood by his constitutional principles and refused to compromise, supporting his positions with his legal brilliance and indomitable but often scathing wit. His stalwart defense of America’s Constitution will be difficult, if not impossible, to replace.