Put another way: funding, participating in and sending our children to religious education programs is the right and responsibility of faith communities, clergy and parents as they see fit. It’s not our government’s purview.

Every American has the right to choose or choose not to fund or participate in religious education.

Recently, the organization over which I preside joined an amicus brief asserting the same basic argument that Madison did more than 225 years ago.

The brief, submitted on behalf of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, the ACLU, the ACLU of Louisiana and Interfaith Alliance, challenges Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program on the grounds that the program violates religious freedom. It argues that the scheme will redirect taxpayer dollars intended for public schools to private schools who will use the funds to provide a religion-based education.

Governor Jindal’s program, as I’ve written before, is bad for religious freedom and bad for public education.