ADL Applauds Federal Court Decision Upholding Separation of Church and State in Colorado
Denver, May 22, 2007 ... The Mountain States Region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today applauded the recent Federal Court decision in Colorado, Christian University v. Baker, upholding Colorado's tuition assistance programs for low-income students attending colleges and universities in the state and protecting important principles of church/state separation in Colorado.
"This decision is an important legal reaffirmation of the separation of church and state," said Bruce H. DeBoskey, Regional ADL Director. "It is a welcome confirmation that Colorado's legislature did the right thing when it refused to permit state tuition assistance grants to go to colleges that exclusively promote a religious faith."
The Federal Court decision, authored by U.S. District Judge Martha S. Krieger, upheld a Colorado law that prohibited state-funded tuition assistance grants from being used at "pervasively sectarian" colleges and universities, including Colorado Christian University, citing Colorado's constitutional ban on the use of public funds for religious education.
"We must remain vigilant to ensure that taxpayer money is not used to promote religion," DeBoskey added. "We applaud the District Court's decision upholding Constitutional principles keeping government and religion separate."
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