Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mike Huckabee: "Stimulus Bill is Anti-Religious"

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Mike Huckabee: "Stimulus Bill is Anti-Religious"

Much has been said about the stimulus bill that many feel will dramatically move us further toward socialism and saddle our children and grand children with a debt they can't pay.

The "pork" in the bill continues to be documented and those who best know these things are saying the bill does very little in the short run, but is a set up for the future---say about 3 or 4 years from now.

But Mike Huckabee says it is anti-religious and, "you would think the ACLU drafted the bill."

He posted an email on his blog yesterday that says, "The dust is settling on the "bipartisan" stimulus bill and one thing is clear: It is anti-religious."

He points out a provision in both the House and Senate versions banning higher education funds in the bill from being used on a "school or department of divinity."

He says, "For all the talk about bipartisanship, this Congress is blatantly liberal."

Indeed, Mr. Huckabee.

He notes that Emily's List, radical environmental groups and others like them are all seated at the decision making table these days and there may not be a lot conservatives can do in the near term, but he is advocating mobilization to defeat those, "masquerading as conservative Democrats."

I would add, there are some "masquerading" Republicans that should also be defeated by conservatives.

He says, "We cannot afford to sit round one out, because if we do, they will only become more emboldened and their grab for power more audacious and damaging to our country and our freedoms."

Well said.

This is not a time to be silent.

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2 comments:

  1. Gary is helping to spread the latest Christianist Big Lie. The language in this bill is nothing new, it is standard boilerplate preventing the use of government funds being used for the building or maintenance of religious buildings. It has appeared in countless bills under previous administrations. Here are some examples:

    Funds appropriated under a certain higher education grant program “may not be used…for a school or department of divinity or any religious worship or sectarian activity”
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode20/usc_sec_20_00001068—e000-.html

    Funds appropriated under another program “may not be used…for a school or department of divinity or any religious worship or sectarian activity”
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode20/usc_sec_20_00001103—e000-.html

    Limitation contained in program to help historically black institutions: “No grant may be made under this chapter for any educational program, activity, or service related to sectarian instruction or religious worship, or provided by a school or department of divinity.”
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode20/usc_sec_20_00001062—-000-.html

    Grants for work-study programs may “not involve the construction, operation, or maintenance of so much of any facility as is used or is to be used for sectarian instruction or as a place for religious worship”
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode42/usc_sec_42_00002753—-000-.html

    Money used under a specific community development program subject to limitation that “no participant will be employed on projects involving political parties, or the construction, operation, or maintenance of so much of any facility as is used or to be used for sectarian instruction or as a place for religious worship”
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode42/usc_sec_42_00009807—-000-.html

    Aid under program providing grants for volunteer service projects may not be used for ” projects involving the construction, operation, or maintenance of so much of any facility used or to be used for sectarian instruction or as a place for religious worship.”
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode42/usc_sec_42_00005001—-000-.html

    Energy resource graduate fellowships “shall be awarded under this subchapter for study at a school or department of divinity.”
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode30/usc_sec_30_00001325—-000-.html

    Religious organizations participating in the “Community Schools Youth Services and Supervision Grant Program Act of 1994″ “shall not provide any sectarian instruction or sectarian worship in connection with an activity funded under this subchapter.”
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/search/display.html?terms=sectarian&url=/uscode/html/uscode42/usc_sec_42_00013791—-000-.html

    Funds used under grant program for tribally controlled schools “shall not be used in connection with religious worship or sectarian instruction.”
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode25/usc_sec_25_00001803—-000-.html

    Another construction program: “Participants shall not be employed under this chapter to carry out the construction, operation, or maintenance of any part of any facility that is used or to be used for sectarian instruction or as a place for religious worship (except with respect to the maintenance of a facility that is not primarily or inherently devoted to sectarian instruction or religious worship, in a case in which the organization operating the facility is part of a program or activity providing services to participants).”
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode29/usc_sec_29_00002938—-000-.html

    Etc., etc., etc., etc.

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  2. Since it is the right of public
    school children to worship God in
    their schools and hold meetings for Bible study and prayer as an
    after school hours activity (such as the other clubs and sports activities) then it seems to me that all those
    schools would be left out of the
    stimulus if interpreted in a strict sense.

    We would know then that the package would be anti-religious
    wouldn't we?

    Considering the moral state of the nation, I should thing a president, senator, or anyone should encourage public school student to start a Bible study and prayer club after school and
    seek permission to use some classroom for such purposes.

    If fact, I would like to see them
    ask the principal if each class could elect 7 students who are of a good report who would be willing to hear matters between students if any student is being
    bullied or opressed in any way.

    That way every student would have
    someone to go to if ever they have
    a matter against anyone and have gone to them first but wasn't heard.

    Certainly they could call upon anyone, but just in case they didn't have anyone willing, one of the 7 could be called on to hear the matters that cause any
    PRESENT distress, and to find out
    what is right (by doing the best
    they can, using the best standard
    they have) and then go to the one
    who has done the wrong, explain the 'cause' and then make the plea, "Please have mercy."

    That way maybe they could be friends again. These 7 would have to be students who do so not for
    the glory of their fellow students, or position, and certainly not for money, but rather to be of service and that they might learn the things that are right and about mercy, kindness, patience, and such other
    virtues.

    If a student and another have not
    been able to resolve the matter, then they should be able to go to
    the school counselor, who should be willing to hear the matter and
    find out what is right. He could call in the other party and even
    ask them both if they would like to have all the 7 hear the matter
    if they have not worked it out.

    This might be done by permission of both parties, in case they have not reconciled their differences.

    I think that's a lot better than
    students bringing guns to school,
    and then they could invite their
    new friend (previously oppressor)
    to the Bible study if they like.

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