Christian schools: tax money in, gay students out

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Christian schools in many states in the US have found a way to collect taxpayer dollars. Through voucher programs, parents can divert their money away from public schools and instead funnel it into private schools.

This was originally created as a way to help students in lower income areas achieve the ability to go to a private school. This has never happened, and it never will. Voucher programs instead leave these kids is now grossly underfunded schools while rich tax payers make sure their kids have a well funded, exclusive education. (yay capitalism!).

Alex Morris at Rolling Stone explains it like this:

Georgia, along with 11 other states (Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, Rhode Island, Iowa, Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, New Hampshire, Louisiana and, most recently, Alabama), has adopted laws – sometimes referred to as "neovouchers" – to grant dollar-for-dollar tax credits to people who donate money to provide children with scholarships to private schools. In theory, such a plan has the potential to help a lot of students, but in practice, especially in deeply religious places like Georgia, it has also meant that millions of dollars have been redirected from public funds to privately run Student Scholarship Organizations, which can then funnel the money to schools with strict anti-gay policies.

Written By: Dan Arel
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11 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #1 by Roedy:

      The bright spot is the more Christians take over education, the faster the USA will lose its world power status.

      Why is this a bright spot? China will be the new world power and Canada will go down the drain too.

  1. It’s a bright spot cause no one will take the U.S. seriously anymore. Once it’s been knocked back a bit, it’ll have to examine itself and see what went wrong (I hope) and then reconstruction will begin with religion reduced to a bad idea.

    • In reply to #3 by Liandro:

      It’s a bright spot cause no one will take the U.S. seriously anymore. Once it’s been knocked back a bit, it’ll have to examine itself and see what went wrong (I hope) and then reconstruction will begin with religion reduced to a bad idea.

      It won’t happen. Money is what motivates people. People will just look at how the politicians spent $$$.

    • In reply to #3 by Liandro:

      It’s a bright spot cause no one will take the U.S. seriously anymore. Once it’s been knocked back a bit, it’ll have to examine itself and see what went wrong (I hope) and then reconstruction will begin with religion reduced to a bad idea.

      The problem with this is that the rise in irrational christian non-education will make that kind of ‘revelation’ increasingly unlikely. When the shit hits the fan and nobody takes the US seriously anymore, they’ll just recede back into superstition, as has happened with every society on Earth. When times are tough, money is scarce and the standard of living goes down, the people turn to religion.

      Only science and innovation can break this positive feedback.

      • In reply to #10 by Seraphor:

        When the shit hits the fan and nobody takes the US seriously anymore, they’ll just recede back into superstition, as has happened with every society on Earth. When times are tough, money is scarce and the standard of living goes down, the people turn to religion.

        A bit like the Islamic Ottoman empire!

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottoman-Empire

        During the 16th and 17th centuries, in particular at the height of its power under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire was one of the most powerful states in the world – a multinational, multilingual empire, controlling much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia and North Africa.

        With Constantinople as its capital and control of vast lands around the Mediterranean basin, the Ottoman Empire was at the centre of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for over six centuries. It was dissolved in the aftermath of World War I; the collapse of the empire led to the emergence of the new political regime in Turkey itself, as well as the creation of the new Balkan and Middle East.

        As you know it now controls – errr – Turkey and has a dodgy currency!

        The new Turkish lira (Turkish: yeni türk lirası) was the currency of Turkey and the de facto independent state of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus between 1 January 2005 and 1 January 2009 which was a transition period for the removal of six zeroes from the currency.

        From an average of 9 lira per U.S. dollar in the late 1960s, the currency came to trade at approximately 1.65 new lira per U.S. dollar in late 2001. This represented an average inflation of about 38% per year. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had called this problem a “national shame”. With the revaluation of the Turkish old lira, the Romanian leu (also revalued in July 2005) briefly became the world’s least valued currency unit.

  2. Despicable. I hate how these people go on and on about love, when their creed is one of ostracism and hatred of anything outside their narrow view of life. And to do this to children…..

  3. Ahhhh, there’s that “theory/ practice” thing again. Investigate who has money invested in these other schools. The money will lead you directly to the men and women voting to allow this. It is simply called corruption and it is being allowed to destroy every facet of American life.

  4. I think that religious schools should be able to accept those who uphold the standards of the religion that runs the school. However, if they do that they are not entitled to any public funds whatsoever. I can’t understand what happened to Christians I mean when we were just a nascent nation the founders what the public to be educated and it just seems that as time as gone on Christians have just continued to resist real education every step of the way. It’s really sickening that Christians are finding new ways to discriminate when they have an opportunity to do good they ruin it by being irrational with their ridiculous doctrines.

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