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Liberal groups sue to block football field for Catholic school

Catholic World News - August 17, 2011

Two liberal groups have filed suit to stop the transfer of public property in South Bend, Indiana, to a local Catholic high school.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State is seeking to block a plan in which the city of South Bend would purchase a piece of property, and re-sell it at a nominal cost to the diocese, which would use it for a high-school football field.

“We hope to protect parents from having to support religious schooling that they don’t agree with,” said Barry Lynn, the head of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The lawsuit charges that the plan violates the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which bars government “establishment” of religion. In this case the “establishment” and the “religious schooling” that the plaintiffs find objectionable would be football.

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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Aug. 18, 2011 1:00 AM ET USA

    This is why I never vote in favor of public school millages. In fact, each time I hear of a millage election, I want to move there just so I can vote no. Catholic school kids are just as "public" as any other kid. "Our" tax dollars are raised to educate "all our kids." No one is asking the taxpayers to buy Bibles or scapulars, but to help with a football field. It may not be "nice," but if you don't help me with my kid, I'll not help you with yours! I'll contributhe money to buy our own field!

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