In a victory for secular Americans, a controversial Louisiana voucher program that would use taxpayer money to fund private schools devoted to Christian indoctrination and training was ruled unconstitutional by a state judge on Friday, Nov. 30.
The ruling comes as major blow to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts to overhaul the state’s education system, and represents a major defeat to Christian fundamentalists and others who favor taxpayer money being used to fund Christian schools, schools that often teach children that Biblical creationism is a legitimate scientific theory.
The Chicago Tribune reports Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal described the ruling as being "wrong-headed" and "a travesty for parents across Louisiana who want nothing more than for their children to have an equal opportunity at receiving a great education."
However, secular Americans and others who respect the separation of church and state embedded in the U.S. Constitution celebrate the ruling.