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The Supreme Courts have tossed out yet another unconstitutional attack on citizen’s rights to NOT be Christian. Not unlike the attacks on marriage equality, religious hypocrisy has once again trumpeted its bill of rights while simultaneously denying everyone else theirs. Unsurprisingly, conservative groups are still using the same tired arguments with the same uninspired talking points: That’s discriminatory against Christians!

Oh the hell that would follow if the government suddenly decided to fund a private Muslim school at least according to The Aspire New Brunswick.

For the past four years, the Douglas County School Board has been participating in a voucher program that provided public education dollars to parents looking to private school alternatives for their children. Sounds great, so what’s the catch? 9-out-of-10 students enrolled in the program chose private religious schools.

While this doesn’t seem THAT bad considering the school choice still must be accredited by the state, it creates a scary precedent. A precedent that erodes away the very freedom that Christians rise up in defense of every time someone says creationism shouldn’t be taught. This program uses taxpayer dollars to, albeit indirectly, fund religious institutions; a practice that is in direct violation of the separation of church and state.

That’s why the Colorado Supreme Court suspended the program after a suit was brought against the school board by the local teacher’s union. As Douglas County has already vowed for an appeal, let’s hope federal courts stand in support of the constitution and not waver to religious extremism.

As noted on Military.com on Friday, June 26, shortly after the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to legalize same-sex unions across all 50 states, service men and women have suffered enough because of state bans. The spouses of many veterans who are in same-sex relationships have not been able to receive benefits because of the bans. Even though the military has recognized same-sex unions since 2013, couples had to provide a marriage certificate to receive benefits. Worse yet, some state veterans’ organizations refused to recognize the marriages resulting in a lot of unnecessary conflicts.

Currently active service men and women, in addition to veterans, deserve to be able to live in a country where they can receive all the freedoms and benefits offered those who did not fight and nearly die in service. James Dondero notes their spouses and children deserve to have all of the freedoms and benefits afforded to those in heterosexual relationships. Yet, for too long they have been died these basic human rights.

Although there has been a lot of opposition by some people, especially many conservatives, to homosexuals, bisexuals and others from the LGBT+ community serving in the military, and new opposition and anger about marriage rights, there can be little doubt that no one has the right to judge how service those who have fought bravely for our freedoms find happiness and love in their personal lives.