You might ask why anyone who does not participate in this voluntary program would sue to close it down. No student is required to take any of theses religious courses. Homeschooled students, and students at various private schools, receive similar religious instruction without serious objection. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty was the organization that successfully defeated this attack on the South Carolina law. It was able to cite a U.S. Supreme Court decision from back in 1952, which upheld Released Time programs against constitutional challenge in a case called Zorach v. Clauson. That decision was written by Justice William O. Douglas, a liberal and no friend of religion. In upholding South Carolina's Released Time program, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that "We see no evidence that the program has had the effect of establishing religion or that it has entangled the School District in religion." So, score one victory for religion and a defeat for the atheists who are trying to banish religion from our culture.
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