Tuesday, September 16, 2014   

Court stops Australian funding of school chaplains
(06-19 18:37)

An Australian atheist campaigning to keep religion out of the education system won his second victory when the nation's highest court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the federal government to fund a program that provides chaplains to schools.
Ron Williams began his legal battle against the program after his 6-year-old son came home from Darling Heights State School singing gospel songs in 2010.
Williams won in 2012 when the High Court ruled that that the government had exceeded its constitutional powers by funding the program that began in around 2,700 schools five years earlier.
The government kept the program going by amending federal legislation. But the High Court ruled unanimously that the federal funding of chaplain contractor Scripture Union Queensland remained unconstitutional despite the law change.--AP   
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