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Louisiana Republican: When I Voted for State Funds to go to Religious Schools, I Didn’t Mean Muslim Ones

(cross-posted from Patheos)

By Hemant Mehta 

In Louisiana, Republican Governor Bobby Jindal pushed for a voucher program that would allow state funds to be used to pay for religious schools. It’s unconstitutional, it’s a way to use taxpayer money to fund someone’s faith, and it was a bad idea to begin with.

But it passed.

Now, one of the state legislators, Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Watson), just made a shocking discovery, though: Christianity isn’t the only religion!

Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Watson, says she had no idea that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s overhaul of the state’s educational system might mean taxpayer support of Muslim schools.

“I actually support funding for teaching the fundamentals of America’s Founding Fathers’ religion, which is Christianity, in public schools or private schools,” the District 64 Representative said Monday.

“Unfortunately it will not be limited to the Founders’ religion,” Hodges said. “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.

Wait, we’re teaching the “Founders’ religion”? I can’t wait to see those Deistic schools popping up everywhere…

I can’t decide whether the staffers at Americans United are collectively rolling their eyes or shaking their heads in disbelief, but they’re right to suggest “We told you so”:

Where to begin? Hodges’ bigotry is perhaps only rivaled by her ignorance of constitutional and legal principles. Of course Muslim schools will qualify for funding under a voucher plan. When programs like this are set up that dole out benefits to religious schools, the government can’t play favorites. That’s basic.

Some legislators aren’t comfortable funding Muslim schools. What’s to be done? How about not establishing these programs in the first place? Let Muslims fund Muslim schools. Let Catholics fund Catholics ones. Let fundamentalist Protestants pay for the conservative Christian academies and so on.

Rep. Hodges made the mistake of saying out loud what most conservative Christians only say to themselves to private: When they say they want “religious freedom,” they’re only referring to their own faith. Everyone else can fend for themselves.

Message to Rep. Hodges: Your Christian privilege is showing.

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago.

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  • Reynardine

    Packer, your saying is hard…to parse. Next time, please organize your thoughts before you try to write.

  • Sir david

    What a sermon ! At which dominionist church do you preach? Just so we know where to go to hear the rest of your revelation.

    Sir David

  • Packer

    To me living in a society based on Christian values would be the absolute ideal, because it would be based on freedom of sin if shared by everybody, but it is something I do not want to impose on anyone, as long as this world is under the dominion of (the D)evil. Speaking from a prophetic standpoint I know that at one point in time this world will be physically governed through Christ from Jerusalem, and indeed this is being heavily opposed through a godless society and the infamous ANTI-CHRISTian religion trying through jihad (genocide) to establish the demonic controlled Caliphate.

    Now this may be a hard saying, but we still do have time, to check our values and belief systems. Many people have said religion is the cause of war, and there is substantial truth in that statement, since mankind is dealing with true opposing spiritual powers. The great danger is to join the wrong kingdom and in doing so to have the false assumption of ‘serving’ ‘God’.

  • @Packer

    Yeah, that attitude is good for protecting our cherished freedoms. Rolls eyes. Seriously, do you want to live in a Christian theocracy, and how is that any better than a Muslim theocracy, or any type of theocracy for that matter? The government being neutral when it comes to religion is a good thing. It helps protect our liberty. The government is not giving Satan a foothold by being neutral on religious matters.

  • Packer

    Unconsiencly she acknowledges, when you give in to the teachings of the false prophet, you give satan a foothold. Sharia ofcourse would mean to total submission to the western world to the kingdom of darkness.

  • Rep. Hodges, and the amount of people who fervently agree with her way of thinking will be one of the major reasons we get Romney as president, if that sadly happens.

  • Sam Saracen

    She’s has a striking resemblance to Sarah (The Country of Africa) Palin, without the glasses. A physical as well as an intellectual intelligence, I might add. They should have these IQ tests for all candidates that want to stand for office in the US, whether it’s for Congress, or the Senate or Governor or Mayor, to weed out the ignoramuses & airheads.

  • nasbx

    You guys have to understand the town this lady represents, Watson, LA. Watson is a suburb of Baton Rouge, LA. I currently live and grew up about 10-15 minutes away, and have some friends from this town (most of whom couldn’t wait to get away from it). Watson has quite the reputation all over Louisiana, as being a ‘whites only’ kind of place, and many of the people from there (especially the older generations) are some of the most backward, ignorant people one could ever meet. So no surprise they would elect someone like this person to represent their feeble little brains.

  • Khalid

    Who left the padlocks unlocked again?
    CriticalDragon11777, was that you?

  • Pamela

    Muslims pay taxes that fund her pay check, she probably thinks world is flat also.

  • revenge

    Once again the GOP has proudly proven that they are the “Party of Hypocrisy”.

  • @sir David

    I agree, she’s definitely not qualified.

  • sir David

    So Hogwerts will loose it’s funding too. That’s tragic all those poor wizards and witches.
    Seriously the voters need to dump this idiot

    Sir David

  • mindy1

    Oh my heavens, you mean…that not all Americans believe in Jesus?!?!?! 😯 BLASPHEMERS/sarcasm Be careful what you ask for , you may get it. 😉

  • @Danios

    This may not just be Islamophobia on her part, the fact that she didn’t even consider the fact that there are religions in America other than Christianity is quite troubling.

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