The U.S. Department of Education has announced plans to review restrictions on religious colleges and universities.
The Department of Education's goal is to eliminate unconstitutional restrictions placed on religious colleges that prevent students from getting grants or loans, or from participating in certain federally funded programs.
"This is huge for religious colleges and universities," says Dr. Jameson Taylor, vice president for policy at the Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP). "In particular, the Trump administration is signaling that they're going to continue to protect religious liberty."
The announcement by the DOE, says Taylor, complements the Trinity Lutheran case ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
"That says that religious schools should have equal access to government funding," he recalls, "that is also made available to non-religious schools."
While there is an attempt under way to ensure equal opportunity for students who attend religious-based colleges and universities, Taylor stresses that the rulemaking notice is only a first step and he encourages the public to speak out.
"Colleges, parents and students need to get involved and submit comments," he explains. "Submitting a comment is as easy as making a Facebook post, and really a lot more important."
MCPP can also help people submit comments if they contact the organization for assistance.