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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:06 PM

10 Reasons Why Private School Vouchers Should Be Rejected

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Church & State
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Feb. 2011


Supporters of voucher subsidies make claims about them that fail to stand up to scrutiny. Here are the facts about vouchers and “school choice.” Use this information to write to members of Congress and state legislators as well as letters to the editor.

1. Vouchers undermine religious liberty:

The vast majority of private schools are run by religious groups. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 76 percent of private schools have a religious affiliation. Over 80 percent of students attending private schools are enrolled in religious institutions. Most of these religious schools seek to indoctrinate as well as educate. They integrate religion throughout their curriculum and often require all students to receive religious instruction and attend religious services. Thus, there is no way to prevent publicly funded vouchers from paying for these institutions’ religious activities and education.

In other words, vouchers force Americans to pay taxes to support religion. This runs counter to the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty. In America, all religious activities should be supported with voluntary contributions.

James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and other Founders strongly supported the separation of church and state and opposed taxation to support religion. As Ben Franklin succinctly put it: “When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not care to support it, so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, ‘tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.” (emphasis added)

https://www.au.org/church-state/february-2011-church-state/featured/10-reasons-why-private-school-vouchers-should-be


Nine more at the link. Note that this article from February of 2011, so it is two years old.

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Reply 10 Reasons Why Private School Vouchers Should Be Rejected (Original post)
Adsos Letter Feb 2013 OP
cbayer Feb 2013 #1
rurallib Feb 2013 #2
Adsos Letter Feb 2013 #4
Auntie Bush Feb 2013 #3

Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 04:13 PM

1. Great article for referencing if you get into a debate with someone about this.

Reason 11 - Vouchers are a clear path to the dumbing down of American children by teaching them non-science as fact.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 05:40 PM

2. always valid

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Response to rurallib (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 09:55 PM

4. I agree, if I take your meaning correctly.

I called attention to the date of initial publication because of Reason #4, which states that "when people are given an opportunity to vote directly on vouchers through ballot referenda, they always reject the concept... ."

I wasn't sure if a voucher refereda had passed at the ballot box in the two years since the article was written.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 06:04 PM

3. "Most of these religious schools seek to indoctrinate as well as educate. "

That's also the purpose of home schooling. INDOCTRINATION!!!!! Bet the only science they get taught is Creationism.

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