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Congress Reauthorizes Program That Provides Federal Funds For Schools That Discriminate On The Basis Of Religion

The First Amendment to the Constitution is very clear on prohibiting Congress from getting involved in religion. It proclaims, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.

us congress in redIn spite of this prohibition, members of Congress have a fondness for efforts that establish federal government programs to support religious institutions, and support religious discrimination against American citizens. Why? Certain political constituencies like to see their own religious beliefs exalted over others. It feeds their sense of pride.

So it is that yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 10, a bill that provides federal funds to schools that discriminate against students on the basis of religion. Also known as the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization Act, the legislation provides large payments to religious schools to enable students to attend, even when those schools have failed to demonstrate that they provide an education of comparable quality to what is already available in public schools. Furthermore, H.R. 10 allows schools to take federal money even while they discriminate against students on the basis of religion.

These schools can compel students to take part in religious worship, or punish students if they fail to agree to tenets of faith. So, an Islamic private school could take federal money and force students to follow aspects of sharia law while on campus, even if the students weren’t Muslim. Catholic schools could punish students for not performing Catholic rituals – and use federal funds to do it.

Republicans claim to object to abuse of Big Government power. Nonetheless, all but 8 of them voted in favor of this bill to allow religious groups to use financial power granted to them by the federal government to run roughshod over students’ First Amendment rights.

One thought on “Congress Reauthorizes Program That Provides Federal Funds For Schools That Discriminate On The Basis Of Religion”

  1. Leroy says:

    I cannot believe that this keeps rearing its ugly head.

    While words like “the Creator” and similar appear a couple times in the Declaration of Independence, that document is NOT a legal document. And those expressions are such as we’re used by the Deists of that era (one of those Deists being Thomas Jefferson who authored the Declaration!).

    In the United States, Enlightenment philosophy (which itself was heavily inspired by deist ideals) played a major role in creating the principle of religious freedom, expressed in Thomas Jefferson’s letters and included in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

    American Founding Fathers, or Framers of the Constitution, who were especially noted for being influenced by such philosophy include Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Cornelius Harnett, Gouverneur Morris, and Hugh Williamson. Their political speeches show distinct deistic influence.

    Other notable Founding Fathers may have been more directly deist. These include James Madison, possibly Alexander Hamilton, Ethan Allen, and Thomas Paine (who published The Age of Reason, a treatise that helped to popularize deism throughout the United States and Europe)…

    The LEGAL document is the United States Constitution with its Bill of Rights.

    And it mentions God, Jesus, Christ, Jehovah, Yahweh, etcetera… exactly ZERO times! And it specifically contains a Freedom of Religion clause (which by language clearly references a Freedom FROM religion)!

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