A federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of a policy that allows public school students in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to go to an off-campus facility for religious training.

Public schools have historically allowed release time for a religious education course offered at a church nearby. But that has recently not been the case.

“Sometimes these release time programs have been challenged under the idea that somehow this establishes a religion,” explains Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel. “This judge’s decision is correct in allowing the release time program in the Spartanburg School District because it is clearly consistent with the Constitution and in no way establishes a religion.”

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