Straight White American Jesus

A podcast on religion and politics hosted by Daniel Miller and Bradley Onishi, ex-ministers who are now scholars of religion.

Taxpayer Money is Going to Fund Religious Schools

Brad speaks to Rachel Laser, President and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. They discuss AU’s lawsuit with the ACLU and FFRF in the case of the state of Oklahoma agreeing to send taxpayer funds to a Catholic school. This is, in essence, an attempt to make Christian schools into public schools.

From AU: And public schools must be secular and open to all students. They are not allowed to discriminate against students or indoctrinate children into one religion.

But that is exactly what Oklahoma’s newly approved religious public charter school, St. Isidore of Seville, intends to do.

Approved by the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board in June 2023, St. Isidore would be a public school—entirely funded by the taxpayers of Oklahoma—even though St. Isidore makes clear in its charter school application that it intends to run the school “as a Catholic school” and a “place of evangelization.”

That’s why Americans United along with the ACLU, Freedom from Religion Foundation and Education Law Center is suing.

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