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Government 1A Lesson 85: Is there a difference between state-subsidized churches and state-subsidized schools?

One of the main differences between the 2 things of course, is the fact that at church you are there to worship and at school you are there to learn. Both places are financially supported by the state. Not every church and not every school is supported financially by the state, but some are. For the ones that are supported financially by the state, are at the position for the state to push their ideas onto the churches and schools, since they support them financially, the state has the right and power to do so.

If the church is financially able to support themselves and don’t need support from the state, then they are free to put out their rules and ideas for the church members to follow. No government could stop them unless they somehow take the church out by force. Same idea applies to the schools and by schools I mean public schools specifically. I mentioned public schools, because only the public schools are supported financially by the state and this means that whatever the schools cover in class and their ideologies for the school to follow, are the state and governments’ doing. Private, academy, catholic, and other type of schools that aren’t public schools are organizations not supported financially by the state. Schools that are not public schools can choose their own curriculum and what students get to learn. They have the right to push out whatever ideas they want to create since they support themselves financially.

Because public schools are state-subsidized, parents are more likely to send their children there, for the government takes care of the payment, as long as students do the curriculum the government wants them to do. For other schools, such as a private school, it’s harder for that kind of school to support themselves financially and that’s why it comes off more expensive since the government won’t be able to control what they get to teach students there. Churches that are state-subsidized can be controlled by the ideas that the government wants to put out. However, a lot of people believe that religion and religious practices shouldn’t be supported financially by the state, so that the government can’t push out their ideas onto the church. The Government can’t really control the whole building, just paying them and giving them tax-reductions, but they would still have a right to put out their ideas since they are paying.

In conclusion, other than the places themselves, are different in terms of activity which church does to worship and schools to teach. The differences are based on the governments control because they financially support churches and schools. The government funds the schools and created the system to be so, so that the parents are in a position to most likely send them to public schools, where the government can freely put out their ideas for the students to learn. As for churches, you can choose to go there or not based on your religious views. If you choose to go, then you obey the order, rules and ideas that the church offers. If you don’t go, then you’re free to choose the kind of church that fits your values and views.

Thanks for reading this essay. I hope you liked it or learned something new. I’ll be posting more soon and have a great rest of your day!

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