Columbia, SC- November, 15 2012 – Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to hear the appeal of a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding the constitutionality of South Carolina’s Released Time Credit Act. South Carolina Senator Chip Campsen authored the legislation.
Campsen’s Released Time Credit Act allows students to receive public school credit hours for off-campus religious based education. The policy is built upon the 1952 Supreme Court decision of Zorach v. Clauson.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation unsuccessfully challenged the law as an unconstitutional violation of the 1st Amendment Establishment Clause. By rejecting the appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court allows the 4th Circuit decision- and released time policy in South Carolina- to stand.
Sen. Chip Campsen issued the following statement:
“I applaud the Supreme Court for rejecting the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s appeal. The Court has taken a stand for religious freedom. Other states should take South Carolina’s lead in accomodating religious education in this constitutionally appropriate manner. Our children, our religous liberties, and our culture at large are the real winners here.”