Posted by: SteveInCO | 23 Oct 2012

Now you know how it feels!

Here you will see a truly classic case of poetic justice.

Louisiana State Representative Valerie Hodges voted for a bill that would allow government money to be diverted to private, including religious, schools.  But she was in for a nasty surprise when it turned out that Muslim schools would be able to get in on the tax money giveaway.

You see she wanted only the religion of the founding fathers to get tax money.

“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.

Yes this individual is perfectly content to take your money… and spend it pushing religious beliefs that perhaps you don’t share.  But when it’s someone else’s beliefs getting the money, well that’s a whole ‘nother thing.

Of course, on top of the blatant hypocrisy you see here, she’s ignorant (as are most fundamentalists) of the fact that the founders were predominantly deists–people who believe there was a supernatural power that created the universe, but is content to leave us be and not dictate to us–and this nation’s governance is not in any way based on Christianity.

On the other hand maybe we should take Ms. Hodges literally. So she wants to set up schools to teach deism?  Well that’d be an improvement over standard fundie bullcrap.  Or even over more mainstream forms of Zombie Jesus worship.

But what I really want to highlight about this is that Valerie Hodges, if she thinks about it, has had a rare moment of clarity in her life.  (Maybe even the only moment of clarity.)  For once in her life, she understood exactly what atheists–and for that matter any minority religion–go through every time some misguided twit in government decides to spend our tax money–and the prestige of our government–for pushing their religion.

Using the government to push a religion is a double-edged sword; some day it might not be pushing your religion.  Think about that.  Think about that really hard.  Then decide whether you still want to push for this sort of thing, or whether government perhaps should keep completely out of religion, both in terms of dictating it, and in terms of “helping” it.

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Responses

  1. She is an interesting fellow, that missus! It appears she didn’t think through her statement.

  2. “The United States is in no sense founded on the Christian religion.”
    — John Adams —

    From the Treaty of Tripoli, 1797
    (founding Father and second President of the United States)

    • Oh that isn’t the half of it! That little one-liner was part of the Treaty of Tripoli, which was, if I am not mistaken, unanimously ratified by the US Senate in 1797–and originally drafted under George Washington.

      It’s not just a cute quote from John Adams. It’s the Law of the Land.


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