Judge: Lawmakers Can't Give State Money To Religious College

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A judge has ruled that lawmakers violated
the state constitution by appropriating state funding to a Baptist
university.

A gay rights group filed suit in Franklin County Circuit Court
seeking to block an $11 million appropriation to create a pharmacy
school at the University of the Cumberlands, a Southern Baptist
school in Williamsburg.

Kentucky Fairness Alliance executive director Christina Gilgor
said the ruling by Franklin County Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden
is a victory against state-subsidized discrimination. A call to the
university media relations office for comment wasn't immediately
returned.

The Center for Law & Religious Freedom in Springfield, Va., had
argued on behalf of the school that the legislature acted lawfully
because it sought to address the state's shortage of pharmacists.


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  • by Scott Location: Hazard on Mar 7, 2008 at 10:57 AM
    I was so pleased to hear about the ruling banning the 11 million dollars from the Williamsburg College. If they are going to say who can and can not attend their school then they certainly should not recieve our "tax dollars" for support! The ruling sends out a message to other schools as well. We have to put a stop to this kind of discrimimation and certainly this is a step in the right direction. Scott
  • by Jim Location: London on Mar 7, 2008 at 09:24 AM
    I fully understand seperation of church/state; but the purpose of the funds were to assist the Commonwealth of Kentucky to attract qualified students to be trained to to meet the iver increasing demand for healthcare services. The students at public and private institutions pay taxes and support the Commonwealth, thus I think we should support institutions public and private when funds are avaialble for specific purposes that will benefit the entire Commonwealth!
  • by Joe Location: Stanton on Mar 6, 2008 at 08:01 PM
    This is Great!The state shouldn't fund hate! Those hypocrites need to study the bible and understand that being gay isn't the only un-natural sex act. Oral sex is a sin no matter who does it. Being straight doesn't stop it from being a sin. If they were to ban all un-natural sex acts the college would be emty! You hypocrites need to get you're own sins in order before you judge anyone else. Time to pratice what the whole bible teaches. To bad we can't ban hypocrites and fake christians!
  • by Lee Location: Prestonsburg on Mar 6, 2008 at 07:16 PM
    This State money is actually from Coal. BUILD THE PHARMACY SCHOOL IN EASTERN KY--PIKEVILLE, HAZARD, MOREHEAD, PRESTONSBURG, OR PAINTSVILLE. This is what should be done in the first place.
  • by Jean Location: KY on Mar 6, 2008 at 04:12 PM
    As a citizen of Kentucky, I feel it is a shame we allow a few (gay citizens) cause our state government to not support a school in a part of our state where it is so badly needed. When is our government going to take care of all its people and not a select few?
  • by lat Location: Hazard on Mar 6, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    Glad someone called David Williams on something.
  • by Juanita Location: Lexington on Mar 6, 2008 at 12:30 PM
    They wanted separation of Church and State - now it is separated!

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