Cameron continues fight to keep private, religious schools open in Kentucky

Cameron continues fight to keep private, religious schools open in Kentucky
Gov. Andy Beshear (D-Ky.) and Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R-Ky.) (Source: WAVE 3 News / Facebook)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WAVE) - Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is making his thoughts known on social media regarding his fight to keep religious schools open to in-person instruction in Kentucky.

The attorney general filed a brief with the United States Supreme Court regarding his support of a lawsuit filed by Danville Christian Academy against Gov. Andy Beshear.

Cameron tweeted Tuesday that he makes the case in his brief that Beshear’s executive order, which closes schools to in-person learning as the outbreak continues, provides no basis for closing schools while allowing other indoor activities to remain open. Cameron said it is a violation of the First Amendment.

“Today, a second grader, her parents, and a group of her classmates can go to the movies and then to the mall for Christmas shopping, but she cannot attend her religious school,” the brief reads. “Similarly, a five-year old can attend a private preschool class, but a five-year-old kindergartener cannot attend Danville Christian Academy. And an 18-year old freshman can attend science class at the University of Kentucky, but an 18-year old senior at Danville Christian cannot attend Bible class. In all of these situations, people are gathering and may spread or catch COVID-19.”

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Beshear has argued that his order is valid because it does not single out religious schools and impacts all in-person classes equally, something an appeals court recently agreed with.

It has not yet been determined if the Supreme Court will hear the case.

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