Feb 252004
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff


Shandra Jordan

Christopher J. Ortiz

J.J. Babb

Patrick Crossland

The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Supreme Court has

ruled that the states can withhold public scholarship money from

students pursuing religious studies.

In his holding, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist wrote, “It

does not deny to ministers the right to participate in the

political affairs of the community. And it does not require

students to choose between their religious beliefs and receiving a

government benefit.”

We feel as an editorial board that students deciding to go into

theological studies should be eligible for state scholarships. The

state is not endorsing any particular ideology or religion as long

as students are allowed to enter any theological studies.

The case was Locke v. Davey, named for Gov. Gary Locke and

Joshua Davey, who studied religion at Northwest College, which is

affiliated with the Assemblies of God. He did not become a

minister, deciding instead to attend Harvard Law School, the Times


Our country has set precedent on this case by allowing state

dollars be used for vouchers going to private schools.

We understand the concern for separation of school and state,

but as long as the state doesn’t endorse any particular religion,

students should be allowed to use state scholarships for

theological studies. Religion is a huge part of our culture and

anybody – religious or not – interested in studying should allowed

equal opportunity for a scholarship.

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