A group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation has sued the state of North Dakota for providing funds to an association that uses Christian teachings to rehabilitate troubled youth. They argue that the funding of the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, which is reportedly affiliated with the Lutheran Church, is unconstitutional because it thrusts religious teachings upon people who may not want them. It is a form of religious indoctrination, they say. Proponents of the program say the youth involved are not forced to be a part of the social service group's religious services. What do you think? Should the state be funding groups that use Christian teachings to help rehabilitate troubled youth?
I don't see anything unconstitutional about a state sending a troubled youth to a religious group for rehabilitation. It's a lot better than sending the culprit to juvenile detention, where he has little chance of rehabilitation. Of course, he shouldn't be forced to practice any religion.