A View From The Handbasket

Saturday, September 24, 2005
Faith-based education
Posted by neros_fiddle at 5:46 PM
There was a bit of a kerfluffle this past week about allowing organizations that apply religious tests in hiring to get federal Head Start money.

That doesn't seem outrageous at first blush. Surely a church can prefer to hire people of their own faith, right?

Well, then you see something like this:

A 14-year-old student was expelled from a Christian school because her parents are lesbians, the school's superintendent said in a letter.

Shay Clark was expelled from Ontario Christian School on Thursday.

"Your family does not meet the policies of admission," Superintendent Leonard Stob wrote to Tina Clark, the girl's biological mother.

Stob wrote that school policy requires that at least one parent may not engage in practices "immoral or inconsistent with a positive Christian life style, such as cohabitating without marriage or in a homosexual relationship," the Los Angeles Times reported in Friday's edition.

You think the same people trying to funnel Head Start federal dollars to "no Jews work here" church groups also want federal money to go to places like Ontario Christian School? Of course they do. This is all about winning the "culture war" by a flanking maneuver. The right has proven unable to inject their brand of Christianity into the public schools, so they're focusing their efforts on just getting the public schools' money, and getting us to pay for their "values-based" education that values things like homophobia.

Beware blurring the bright line of the Establishment clause.

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