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Religious college can get state subsidy

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Seventh-day Adventist college can participate in a state program that pays for courses and programs at public and private colleges.

The state failed to prove that Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Md., was "pervasively sectarian" and therefore ineligible for state money, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled June 26.

The appeals court upheld a lower court ruling rejecting the state's claim that funding the Christian school would violate the separation of church and state.

"By refusing to fund a religious institution solely because of religion, the government risks discriminating against a class of citizens solely because of faith. The First Amendment requires government neutrality, not hostility, to religious belief," Chief Judge Harvie Wilkinson III wrote.