Group Sues To Force Tax Aid To Religious Schools.

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A pro-voucher organization is suing in two states in an effort to force officials to award taxpayer funds to religious organizations.

The Institute for Justice (IJ) filed federal lawsuits in Maine and Washington state, arguing that policies in both states that bar tax funding of private religious schools violate religious freedom.

In Maine, some rural communities that don't have their own schools contract with nearby public schools or private schools to provide educational services. If the school-less communities choose to work with private schools, the institutions must be secular in nature.

One of the plaintiffs, Alan Gillis, a resident of Orrington, chooses to send his 16-year-old daughter to a Christian school and says he should be reimbursed for that, reported the Associated Press.

The case, Carson v. Hasson, is being jointly litigated by IJ, a libertarian organization, and the First...

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