Christian School Ok'd for State Funds

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A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in favor of a Christian college that was once denied scholarship funds because it was "too religious."

Colorado Christian University encourages its students to attend weekly chapel services and sign a promise to follow Jesus Christ.

But because of those foundations, Colorado would not allow students to use their state scholarship funds at the university, even though those funds were allowed at Catholic and Methodist universities.

"Thankfully, the Court of Appeals in this case reversed the absurd ruling of the lower court that permitted the State of Colorado to disregard Colorado Christian University simply because it takes its faith too seriously for the government's liking," Judge Roy Moore said.

"We should never allow religious schools to be relegated to second-class status, and because of this ruling, this form of overt religious discrimination will no longer happen in the State of Colorado," he said.

The court ruled that the state overstepped its bounds by allowing funding only at certain religious colleges.

College president William Armstrong was pleased with the ruling.

"We think that it's a great victory for our students but also for the First and Fourteenth amendments," he said.

He added that students should not have to "choose between their religious beliefs and receiving a governmental benefit."

Source: The Denver Post

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