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The Holy Mystery Of School Vouchers

By The Reverend Published: March 24, 2014

Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for private schools, including hundreds of religious schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs, and much of modern biology, geology and cosmology is a web of lies.

Money well spent, right? Because in America today the most dangerous institution threatening all of humanity is modern science. When a unionized public school teacher is teaching young impressionable minds according to a scientific-based curriculum......there's very little doubt any longer that what that teacher is really doing should be classified as an insidious form of child abuse.

Rather than have American children attend public schools where Leninist-trained teachers will brainwash their students into believing in science.....patriotic common-senser-conservatives are fighting back with the god-ordained voucher program.

American conservative parents have always had the freedom to send their children to religious schools rather than sending them to schools where the instructors and the administrators dare to teach science and the scientific method. But up until recently, choosing to send your child to private school to prevent the Satanization of your child at the hands of science-spouting liars, was just too damn expensive.

Better to get the government to pay for that child's anti-science, religious education. And cheaper too.

Decades of litigation have established that public schools cannot teach creationism or intelligent design. But private schools receiving public subsidies can — and do.

You see, the leaning-towards-the-Devil Founders insisted in their First Amendment to the Constitution that government be prohibited from passing laws which "establish" religion. But modern American conservatism has found a pathway to overruling the Founders obvious nod to the Prince of Darkness by organizing religious schools which are not public schools but are still funded with public tax monies through vouchers.

I must admit, just like with the notion of transubstantiation, that I'm at a loss to explain how government funds which cannot be used to promote religion can be magically transformed into legally acceptable funds at religious schools through the Host of the Divine Voucher. But as unexplainable and mysterious as that may be, it is still, indeed, the case. With wonder-working power like that, who needs science anyway, right?

This tax dollars-into-mysterious-voucher-currency transaction is being touted as the next-big-thing in "school-choice" by reformers like GOP Governors.
John Kasich in Ohio and Bobby Jindal in Louisiana.....

(For the 2012-2013 school year) More than 10,000 students across Louisiana.....applied for vouchers to attend private schools.

Lance Hill, executive director of the Southern Institute for Education and Research in New Orleans, said.....

"Almost all the voucher schools are religious schools," Hill said, "and many use an evangelical curriculum that teaches that humans walked the earth 6,000 years ago with dinosaurs. Do I, as a taxpayer, want my taxes to support that as a proper education in science?"

Politico......

In state after state, faith-based schools consistently account for at least 70 percent, and sometimes far more, of the private schools receiving public subsidies.

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Their course materials nurture disdain of the secular world, distrust of momentous discoveries and hostility toward mainstream scientists. They often distort basic facts about the scientific method — teaching, for instance, that theories such as evolution are by definition highly speculative because they haven’t been elevated to the status of “scientific law.”

I'll talk about the "choice" part of the voucher program in a future post. For now, let's only focus on the tax-dollars-going-directly-to-fund-religious-education part of the voucher/charter school discussion. Setting aside the constitutional problem, I refuse to believe that the American people favor public funding of religious schools. And yet, that's where the majority of the miracle vouchers end up in some states.

Am I out of step on this? Are readers in favor of their state tax dollars paying for religious education of Ohio K-12 children as outlined in the material above?

If you do, do you see any downside for the children?

If you don't, what is the best way to stop it?
 

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