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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.’”

“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.”

Valeria Hodges, Americans United 71 Comments [7/11/2012 3:23:28 AM]
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Robespierre

Everyone is a secularists with other people's religion.

7/11/2012 3:41:45 AM



How do you elect these people?

7/11/2012 3:53:03 AM

Arctic Knight

Ahhhhh! The Xian hypocrisy is astounding.

7/11/2012 4:00:25 AM

MK

This one has been in the news. Definitely deserving of an award of some kind just for the fact that this person is in elected office.

7/11/2012 4:05:39 AM

OhJohnNo

"What? Religion is more than just Christianity? HERESY!"

7/11/2012 4:11:22 AM

Titania

hoist by their own petard

7/11/2012 4:11:37 AM

Whitleylad

Ms Valerie Hodges, my advice is to be very careful about what you wish for.

7/11/2012 4:13:14 AM

Nowonmai

The found fathers were Deists, not Christians, hence why no mention of Christ in Declaration of Independence or Constitution, you fucking moron!

7/11/2012 4:17:19 AM

Mister Spak

"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. "

Is the dim fundie starting to understand the reason why the founding fathers put a wall of separation between church and state ?

EDIT!!!!! found in their own canstitution:
§8. Freedom of Religion
Section 8. No law shall be enacted respecting an
establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

7/11/2012 4:25:14 AM

Grimsoncrow

Nice to see you people are not even pretending to have a "Freedom of religion" anymore...

7/11/2012 4:32:25 AM

Tempus

Governor Bobby Jindal is a preening shitweasel.

That is all.

7/11/2012 4:55:17 AM

Sentry Gun

Is she really that dumb, or does she pretend to be just not to lose any vote ?

7/11/2012 5:10:38 AM

Justanotheratheist

That's odd. I could have sworn that there was something in the Constitution about Freedom of Religion.

My mistake. I must have been thinking of some other country.

7/11/2012 5:29:41 AM

Darwin

Freedom, ain't it a bitch?

7/11/2012 5:47:32 AM

Reynardine

I actually support the teaching of Deism and reason in schools too, Representative. Your superstition, not so much.

7/11/2012 5:55:03 AM

Brendan Rizzo

I know I shouldn't be saying this, but Europe is laughing at us. Why is it that so few Americans know that the Founders found organized religion abominable?

7/11/2012 6:08:24 AM

Bad Wolf

Poor baby, now she sees that "Freedom of Religion" applies equally, even to religions you might not like.


7/11/2012 6:17:41 AM

Doubting Thomas

Stupid Christian nationalists always favor putting religion into government while never realizing that religion means more than just Christianity. Then they fret because they can't favor Christianity while excluding all other religions.

7/11/2012 6:26:50 AM

Jezebel's Evil Sister

Mister Spak: "Is the dim fundie starting to understand the reason why the founding fathers put a wall of separation between church and state ?"

NO.

7/11/2012 6:28:01 AM

Dr. Razark

It's "Freedom of Religion", not "Freedom of MY Religion" or "Freedom of YOUR Religion".

When we atheists fight for religious freedom, we're fight for your freedom just as much as our freedom. Perhaps you've actually learned something from this?

7/11/2012 6:28:43 AM

dionysus

Ngghhh wuhhh gahhhhh!!! Sorry, I just blew a gasket there. The fact that democratically elected representatives can so flagrantly violate the Constitution when these SAME DAMN PEOPLE claim to protect the Constitution fills me with a cocktail of emotions that I can't even begin to describe. How fucking hard is it to understand that government shouldn't be promoting any one religion over the rest? It's the first and one of the simplest rules in the Constitution.

7/11/2012 6:59:26 AM

breakerslion

And if we had two Valerie Hodges, we might be able to bang their heads together to make sparks and start a fire.

This is what happens when you don't have to worry about the opposition candidate getting elected. You put any moron in the seat and then tell them what to do. Personally, I like my stooges in threes.

7/11/2012 7:09:45 AM

Swede

Public schools, funded by the public, should teach religion as concepts, and teach about all religions, not just one.
Private schools, funded by private means, could teach just one religion if they want to. They still ought to teach about the other religions, as part of the curriculum.

Some of the Founding Fathers were deists and a few were almost atheists. Where did you learn about your Founding Fathers, Valeria?

There are a thousand Muslim schools in Louisiana?
If you don't want one religion taught in public schools, then there can be no religion taught in public schools, stupid.

Some Americans ARE Muslims, ya know; why are they not allowed to be United with the rest of you?

7/11/2012 7:15:43 AM

Horsefeathers

"'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."

You appear to be in dire need of some of that thar school learnin' stuff yourself.

"'I liked the idea of giving parents the option of sending their children to a public school or a Christian school,' Hodges added."

I'm sure Muslims like the idea of having the option to send their kids to a public school or a Muslim school. And Jews probably like the option of sending their kids to public school or a Jewish school. I would venture to guess that all religions in this country like that option, you dolt.

"The newspaper reported that she 'mistakenly assumed that 'religious' meant 'Christian.'"

That's because she's a moron, and a politician--two things which are often not mutually exclusive.

"'Unfortunately it will not be limited to the Founders’ religion,' Hodges told the News."

What a shocker that is.

"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."

Neither do I, but that's because I know it's illegal to use government funds to teach a religion. You, on the other hand, are just afraid of those "scary Muslims" and don't want them to have any money period while all of you "True Christians" horde it all.

7/11/2012 7:15:50 AM

MarylandBear

Rep. Hodges has learned possibly the most important thing I ever learned: be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it.

7/11/2012 7:31:06 AM
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