Patterico's Pontifications

8/10/2003

OUTRAGEOUS STORY: Here is a

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:59 am

OUTRAGEOUS STORY: Here is a wonderful illustration of how far out of control “separation of church and state” has gotten. The story describes a Michigan college student who had been promised $2750 in state scholarship money — until she declared her major: theology. Shortly thereafter, she received a letter from state officials that said in part: “Students enrolled in a course of study leading to a degree in theology, divinity or religious education are not eligible to receive an award. . . . Your award has changed from $2,750.00 to $0.00.”

The president of this student’s university says that theology “is an academic discipline like philosophy, English literature or the classics.” No matter. It has to do with God, and therefore is treated differently. This is my problem with “separation of church and state” — so often, it seems to amount to nothing more or less than pure discrimination against religion.


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