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1 CuriousLurker  Wed, Apr 10, 2013 8:13:32am

The link to the source article is missing.

Good catch, btw.

2 Destro  Wed, Apr 10, 2013 8:34:06am

This conflation with religious freedom and only linking that to Christianity of the Southern kind reminds me of this incident:

jezebel.com

Republican Horrified to Discover that Christianity is Not the Only Religion

It’s an honest mistake, assuming that the Constitution only protects your own personal megachurch faith. But one Louisiana Republican is learning the hard way that religious school vouchers can be used to fund education at all sorts of religious schools, even Muslim ones. And while she’s totally in favor of taxpayer money being used to pay for kids to go to Christian schools, she’s willing to put a stop to the entire program if Muslim schools are going to be involved.

Valarie Hodges admitted that when she supported Governor Bobby Jindal’s school voucher program, she only did so because she assumed the religious school vouchers could only be used for Christian schools. Religious freedom means that everyone’s free to follow Valarie Hodges’ religion! She explains,

I actually support funding for teaching the fundamentals of America’s Founding Fathers’ religion, which is Christianity, in public schools or private schools. I liked the idea of giving parents the option of sending their children to a public school or a Christian school.

As The Friendly Atheist points out, the brand of Christianity currently espoused by many in the religious right wing would be pretty unrecognizable to the Founding Fathers, who were pretty high on Deism and pretty low on Christian rock concerts/ talking about The Children’s collective virginity/ having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. But whatever. Facts are immaterial at this point.

Louisiana’s Kenneth the Page governor had pushed pretty hard for the vouchers program, fast tracking it through the legislature early in the state’s legislative session. But, according to the Livingston Parish News, as the measure was brought up for a vote before the full house, a Muslim school applied for the voucher program.

Whoa! Record scratch sound! Dishes breaking! Islam is a religion protected by the constitution, too? No one told Valarie Hodges anything about religions being equal under the law! She can’t support any sort of anything that could learn to families using taxpayer money to educate their kids in Islamic schools. She added Bachmannesquely,

We need to insure that it does not open the door to fund radical Islam schools. There are a thousand Muslim schools that have sprung up recently. I do not support using public funds for teaching Islam anywhere here in Louisiana.

A thousand. A thousand Muslim schools in Louisiana. Maybe that’s why first-time jobless claims are decreasing there; all those Muslim school jobs at the thousand new Muslim schools that Valarie Hodges knows are out there just waiting to suck off the tax teat.

The voucher program, called Act 2, passed, opening the door for god knows how many non-Valarie Hodge’s-religion schools that might interfere with her vision of America as a sort of Christian Saudi Arabia. At least one public school district has already filed suit in an attempt to keep the voucher program from being enacted.

I see something like this a few times and I sense a pattern of thinking…..that these conservative parasites in the GOP have different meanings for words and alternate realities they are living in from the rest of us.

3 Skip Intro  Wed, Apr 10, 2013 8:47:17am

Isn’t this the party that wants politicians to take a test on the Constitution before they can serve?

4 Destro  Wed, Apr 10, 2013 9:42:55am

re: #3 Skip Intro

Isn’t this the party that wants politicians to take a test on the Constitution before they can serve?

Yes, and like I wrote, their answers would not match what we all assume would be the correct answers.

I have even heard these right wing types argue Christianity is embedded in the constitution as an official religion because they mention not working on Sunday and the reason the Founding Fathers did not bother to overtly say that the USA is an official Christian nation was they just assumed it was a given and that the Christian nation, while being Christian, would allow others to practice their non Christian religion (debatable if Catholics were seen as Christians).

Also, amongst right wing circles, they push the idea that the Bill Of Rights only applied to the Federal Govt and that individual states could have official religion and ban speech and press and assembly.

I recall - one of the Carolina’s tried to establish an official religion just a few days ago in the news - and that goes back to the right wing fantasy that the Bill Of Rights applies only to the Federal govt and not the states.

5 HappyWarrior  Wed, Apr 10, 2013 12:08:33pm

Someone ignores that freedom of religion thing isn’t just for Christians.


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