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Campus Reform reports.

New Jersey court blocks grants to religious colleges

A state appeals court ruled Thursday that New Jersey may not award state grants intended for building renovations to two religious colleges.

The proposal was initially challenged in 2013, when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against Gov. Chris Christie’s administration on the grounds that it was unconstitutionally promoting particular religious doctrines, and thus violating the state’s Establishment Clause, by awarding grants to an Orthodox Jewish yeshiva and a Presbyterian seminary.

Christie’s administration countered that the funds would only help pay for construction and renovations as part of a $1.3 billion funding package affecting 44 other New Jersey campuses, and would not directly subsidize religious teaching or worship at either institution.

But on Thursday, the court ruled in favor of the ACLU’s case, which officially overturns both a $10.6 million grant to Beth Medrash Govoha for a new library and academic center, as well as a $645,323 grant to Princeton Presbyterian Seminary for technology upgrades.

“This is a victory for civil rights and a victory for New Jersey taxpayers, who should never have to subsidize institutions that discriminate or that exist to teach their particular religious doctrine,” Ed Barocas, legal director for the ACLU, told

Barocas explained that while “everyone has a fundamental constitutional right to worship freely,” taxpayers have an equal right to know that “their money will never be responsible for propping up particular sects’ religious ministries.”