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Old 10-20-2012, 20:19   #12
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Originally Posted by SgtScott31 View Post
I don't see the money issue being the primary weight as to whether it's a 1st Amendment protection.
It's central to whether or not the government is "establishing" religion. Here, they're not providing any financial support, they're not providing any authoritative direction. On what basis can it be said that they're establishing religion, or using the coercive power of the state to advance it?

Just like they can't establish it, the .gov can't prevent its free exercise. When the students decide on it, lead it, participate in it and fund it, how can the government tell them no?
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