State Constitutional Provision
- Fla. Const. art. 1, § 3: "There shall be
no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting or
penalizing the free exercise thereof. Religious freedom shall not
justify practices inconsistent with public morals, peace or safety.
No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof
shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly
in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of
any sectarian institution."
- Bush v. Holmes, 886 So. 2d 340 (Fla.
App. 2004) (Florida District Court of Appeal held that the Florida
school voucher program violated the Florida constitutional provision
prohibiting public aid of sectarian schools because it gave an indirect
benefit to sectarian schools).
- Scavella v. School Board of Dade County,
363 So. 2d 1095 (Fla. 1978).
- Southside Estates Baptist Church v. Board of
Trustees, School Tax Dist. No. 1, In and For Duval County,
115 So. 2d 697 (Fla. 1959) (Florida Supreme Court held that permitting
several churches to use various public school buildings on Sunday
until the construction of their church buildings was complete did
not violate the Florida constitutional provision prohibiting public
aid of sectarian institutions).
- Fenske v. Coddington, 57 So. 2d 452
(Fla. 1952) (Florida Supreme Court held that the existence of a chapel
for religious worship in the buildings of a public school did not
violate the Florida constitutional provision prohibiting public aid
of sectarian institutions, when the chapel was maintained with funds
from a private trust).
- Taylor v. Dorsey, 155 Fla. 305 (1944).
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