For groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, educating American children is not as important as severing all ties between religious and public life. The ACLU has led the charge against the Cleveland voucher program all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court upheld the Ohio voucher program in June 2001, as urged in The Claremont Institute's brief. In a particularly important concurring opinion, Justice Thomas took up the argument made in our brief that the Establishment Clause was never intended to even apply to
the states, much less prohibit them from using religion to help foster the moral education of the citizenry.
- The Claremont Institute Amicus Brief in the case of Zelman v. Simmon-Harris (pdf)
- Opinion of the Court in the Case of Zelman v. Simmons-Harris (pdf)
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Articles About this Case:
- Religion and the "Endorsement" Clause, by V. Phillip Muñoz
- Courts Show Us the Crisis of Our Time, by Tom Krannawitter
- Morality Without God?, by John Eastman