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.’” (The article is password protected, but if you want to read the whole thing, you can sign up here for free.)
“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.”
LMFAO, seriously. Oops, Hodges apparently didn’t realize that there were other religions besides Christianity! There is also the pesky nuisance of constitutional law. I haven’t heard of the “thousand Muslim schools that have sprung up recently.” That is indeed a problem that is interfering with the agenda to remake our society into a fundamentalist Christian one. These wingnuts are not even TRYING to mask their intentions!
Valarie Hodges-Highly Edumacated Christian
You may have not noticed the effort on the part of far-right conservatives to label Islam as a political ideology rather than a religion. This not-so-subtle ploy is a way to rationalize and legitimize the denial of equal rights and protections for the religion under the law. Never mind that Christian organizations may be similarly branded, judging by Christian leaders’ and organizations’ constant interference in political matters. Just MENTION taking “under God” from the pledge of allegiance and watch the fallout!