Louisiana Legislator Upset After Learning That a Freedom of Religion Bill She Supported Applies to Religions Other Than Christianity

Separation of Church and State


Separation of Church and StateBaton Rouge – Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal (R) and state lawmakers have been busy implementing a state-wide school voucher program to help fund religious private schools. A Louisiana lawmaker expressed concern, after previously supporting the bill, that the funds could go to schools that are not Christian.

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 liked the idea of giving parents the option of sending their children to a public school or a Christian school,’ Hodges said. Hodges mistakenly assumed that “religious” meant “Christian.” […]

“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.” Source

Not only did she assume that freedom of religion only applied to her own, she is unaware that many of the founders of this country were atheist or other non-Christian religions. The tunnel vision is strong in this one.

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