School funding violates separation of church and state

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No to the state religion

I recently read an article about the state’s $1.5 million donation to Christian Learning Centers in Greenville. I’m relatively new to SC (2018) and wondering how best to make my displeasure known.

There are so many dangerous legislative and judicial precedents impacting our lives today. We don’t need more.

I hope a court case nips that in the bud, but I think voters should also be loud and clear to thwart anyone who tries to do the same.

In South Carolina and the upstate in particular, there are so many Christians that many forget they have non-Christian neighbors, and that is a major point of separation between church and society. State – we do not have an “official state religion” in South Carolina.

Catherine Moore, Greer

Short expiration?

South Carolinians can breathe a sigh of relief, temporarily, given its Supreme Court’s 5-0 order blocking the state Senate bill banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, which is came into effect after the annulment of Roe v. Wade.

This temporary injunction is particularly important in light of the many extreme proposals currently before the House.

A recent poll of South Carolinians in SC Senate Districts 31, 33 and 41 found nearly two-thirds support abortion rights and oppose a nationwide abortion ban. ‘State. See: https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/report/south-carolina-support-abortion

No decision is more personal than if or when to have a child. This decision should be left to the family and their doctors.

This legal intrusion violates the constitutional rights of South Carolina residents to privacy, due process and equal protection under the law.

This legislature is on a slippery slope that violates our individual rights and freedoms. I am grateful today that the SC Supreme Court provided a pathway to preserve our rights.

Toby M. Levin, Sun City

High cost of higher education

President Biden’s new plan to ease some debts incurred by students to attend college is sparking debate about its cost and fairness.

As tuition fees rise faster than inflation, students must borrow more to finance their education. But why are tuition fees increasing? Is a greedy higher education institution to be blamed?

A major factor often overlooked in the debate is the decline in state government support for public colleges and universities over the past 30 years (more than 30% in South Carolina alone since 2008).

As state support declines, colleges and universities are forced to raise tuition fees to cover the true costs of education. Nationally, students who once paid a third of the cost of their education are now paying half of those costs.

Higher education, once a public good for all, is increasingly seen as a private good by our legislators. Is this a wise divestment in the future of our state and in a booming knowledge economy? Ask your representatives and the governor.

David Ericson, Hilton Head Island

Theocracy or democracy?

Nearly 250 years ago, our country was formed, in part, to escape religious persecution. We now have a Supreme Court made up of six Christian fanatics, an SC Legislature full of religious sycophants bent on forcing anyone who becomes pregnant – rape, incest or otherwise damned – to carry the baby until birth.

What about the unconstitutional use of public funds for a religious school? It’s OK according to the governor and the legislature.

The difference between that and Iran – theirs is a Muslim theocracy, ours is a budding Christian theocracy. Both with boobies in charge.

Gary Cadle, Saint Helena Island

Jerry B. Hatch