Louisiana Revelation: School Voucher Funding – It’s Not Just For Christians Any More
Jul 5, 2012 by Rob Boston in Wall of Separation
Voucher funding for Muslim schools roils Louisiana.
A member of the Louisiana House of Representatives who eagerly supported Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to fund private schools has had an epiphany: Muslim schools might start getting taxpayer money!
Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Republican who represents East Baton Rouge and Livingston, now says she wishes she hadn’t voted for the Jindal voucher bill.
“I actually support funding for teaching the fundamentals of America’s Founding Fathers’ religion, which is Christianity, in public schools or private schools,” Hodges told the Livingston Parish News.
“I liked the idea of giving parents the option of sending their children to a public school or a Christian school,” Hodges added.
The newspaper reported that she “mistakenly assumed that ‘religious’ meant ‘Christian.’”
“Unfortunately it will not be limited to the Founders’ religion,” Hodges told the News. “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.”
You, Representative Hodges, are a poor excuse for a representative. First of all, the founders of this country were NOT all Christians. I know facts don’t mean much to Republicans, but that is a fact…let me repeat, the founding fathers were NOT all Christians. They were deists. Look it up – it’s in the dictionary and it’s not synonymous with Christian. And those who were Christians, agreed that the government would not establish a national religion as evidenced by the First Amendment which states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Treaty of Tripoli states:
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims]……..
The treaty was submitted to the Senate by President John Adams (a founder), and was ratified unanimously by the U.S. Senate on June 7, 1797. It was signed by Adams, and took effect as the law of the land on June 10, 1797. So, the Treaty of Tripoli and the provision that the United States is NOT founded on the Christian religion was LAW, not opinion. Yes, I know all of the arguments why The Treaty of Tripoli was meaningless and did not mean what it said, but it was ratified and signed and thus does and did have meaning.
And if The Treaty of Tripoli has no meaning, it is safe to believe that Thomas Jefferson’s Danbury Letter certainly reflects his opinion and that of the First Amendment and as a Founding Father most certainly does have meaning. An excerpt from the Danbury Letter states:
Believing with you that religion is a matter that lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between church and state.
Many people are unaware of the reason Jefferson wrote the Danbury Letter. The reason he penned the letter was because the central issue in the 1800 presidential campaign was whether Thomas Jefferson, a Deist, was as qualified to be president as was John Adams, a Christian. When Jefferson was elected, Baptists in Danbury, Connecticut wrote a letter to congratulate him. They also expressed their delight and the hope that Jefferson’s sentiments on religious liberty “will shine & prevail through all these States and all the world till Hierarchy and Tyranny be destroyed from the earth.”
The Louisiana State constitution says:
Section 8. No law shall be enacted respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
If vouchers are only provided for Christian schools then in effect that is unconstitutional according to the Louisiana Constitution, which I seriously doubt you have ever read. It’s really quite quaint that you like the idea of parents sending their children to Christian schools but obviously, you didn’t really think this whole thing through. Legislating requires thought and adherence to the law and one would think that the State Constitution is the highest law of Louisiana. What you like really shouldn’t be the guiding force in how you vote, the Constitution should be.
Hopefully the good citizens of the state will do themselves a favor and in the next election of representatives get rid of legislators who can’t be bothered with actually educating themselves about an issue. Ignorance can be cured with education but stupid is forever and I have a gut feeling that you are just plain stupid. And in this case, assuming something only made an ass out of you.
Frankly, Representative Hodges, you and your comrades who wish to establish a theocratic Christian country have much in common with radical Islam and if it is a theocracy you seek you might find the Islamic way of thinking more to your liking than the Democracy that forbids the establishment of a national religion and the Louisiana State Constitution which forbids the establishment of a state religion. And I must say, you and your ilk are really starting to annoy the hell out of many of the rest of us.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that your bigoted, discriminatory attitude that led you to vote for the voucher bill has backfired on you and hopefully will soon come back to bite you in the butt. Yes, that statement is rude and crude and it was intended to be….nice doesn’t work with radical Christians, unfortunately, neither does reason.