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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:50 AM

Justices deny appeal over SC religious classes


Updated 9:55 a.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal over a South Carolina program that allows high school students to earn elective credit toward graduation through off-campus religious courses.

The high court on Tuesday denied the appeal from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

In July, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court decision in favor of the program, saying Spartanburg District 7 properly accommodated religion without establishing it and acted within the First Amendment.

The 2007 policy allows students to earn up to two credits for off-campus religious courses offered by private educators.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:03 AM

1. As long as it is elective, not in school, and no one is forced to study just one certain religion

I can't see the problem with it. If you don't want to study any religion, no one is forcing you.

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Response to appleannie1 (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:40 PM

2. I would only add

that what is being taught needs to be approved.
A student should not get credit for studying Creationism for example.

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Response to edhopper (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:48 PM

3. The curriculum has to be approved, though it's unclear what criteria they are using.

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