Exclusive: KY Attorney General Speaks About His Lawsuit Against the Governor

Daniel Cameron spoke to 44News about his continued pursuit to have students at faith-based schools return to in-person learning.

Posted: Dec 1, 2020 5:56 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2020 9:15 AM

Just a few days ago, three Kentucky judges ruled against attorney general Daniel Cameron’s lawsuit to keep classrooms at religious schools open, and now Cameron pushing the case to the US Supreme Court.

On Monday, Cameron filing an emergency application that asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of allowing religious based schools to return to in person-learning.

“The Governor, with his most recent executive order, had overstepped the bounds and infringed upon the free exercise of faith and religion in the context of religiously affiliated schools, and so it’s our responsibility, as the chief legal office in the commonwealth, to defend the liberties that all Kentuckians hold so dear,” said Cameron.

And a religious school in Owensboro is in full support of Cameron’s pursuit to have students return to in person learning at faith based institutions.

“However the attorney general wants our support, we’re glad to lend it to him,' said Tim Hoak, Administrator at Heritage Christian School. "Christian education is not just 'oh, we read the Bible for ten minutes today.' No, we’re talking about math as the expression of the logic and order and reason that god put in the universe. It’s a critical issue for us to have the freedom to do that in our school setting, and we believe that’s been infringed upon by this order.”

Owensboro Catholic had planned to return to in-person learning on Monday, prior to the three judges ruling against Cameron’s lawsuit, but they remained online onky after their ruling.

The attorney general said he’s not pushing this lawsuit with animosity towards Governor Andy Beshear but to protect the constitutional rights of blugrass citizens, and Cameron feels confident the Supreme Court will see this ruling from his point of view.

“Based on a recent court case that was rendered by the Supreme Court in the last week or so, the diocese case out of New York, they will have a favorable position to ours, which is that the Governor should not be allowed to infringe upon this first amendment right," said Cameron.

So far, Cameron has had more than 1500 parents and and more than ten different bluegrass schools join him in the lawsuit.

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