From a recent Secular Coalition for America press release dated March 30:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted 225 to 195 to approve legislation that would reauthorize and expand the Washington, D.C. federal private school voucher pilot program, under which millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are funneled toward private religious schools that preach religious dogma and can discriminate against staff and students. H.R. 471, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act, will now head to the U.S. Senate.
“This legislation is a blatant violation of the separation of church and state,” said Sean Faircloth, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America. “The D.C. voucher program uses millions of American taxpayer dollars to fund the religious training of thousands of District students who attend private, religious institutions that do not offer students an op-out option and are exempt from federal civil rights laws.”
This one is about as simple as it gets, folks. Your tax dollars are being used to send students from public schools to private schools. It doesn’t get any more basic. Tax dollars being used to pay for religious education.
From the SCA’s testimony for the House ESEA hearing:
Although a narrow majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld vouchers under certain circumstances, the Court did not rule that they were per se constitutional[ii]. One of the most dearly held principles of religious liberty is that the government should not compel any citizen to furnish funds in support of a religion with which he or she disagrees, or even a religion with which he or she does agree.[iii] In the U.S. taxpayer-funded Washington, D.C. voucher program, more than 80 percent of students attend private faith-based schools.[iv] In Arizona, more than 50 percent of taxpayer funds donated under a state assistance scholarship program in 2009 went to students who attended religious schools.[v]
This is why we need the SCA, gentle readers. There are precious few organizations actively working to preserve what’s left of America’s secular government. The Secular Coalition for America is a very good organization, and deserving of your support.
There’s a link on the left side of this page for the SCA. Follow it, and send them some money. When you consider how much funding the far right has (remember the Koch Brothers fiasco?) it seems unthinkable not to send a little support towards pretty much the only group getting in front of Congress and working for our interests, don’t you think?
See? Any level of donation you want to make is good. You can afford it. Donate. Help stop the insanity.