The Wrong Complaint

It seems a provision in the stimulus bill passed by the House of Representatives last week bans money designated for school renovation to be used on facilities that allow "religious worship." The House provided a whopping $20 billion for infrastructure improvements, of which $6 billion was designated for improvements in facilities at colleges and universities.

But according to the bill, funds are prohibited from being used for the "modernization, renovation, or repair" of facilities that allow "sectarian instruction, religious worship or a school or department of divinity."

Predictably, Christian conservatives are hopping mad that they are left out of the largesse from the public treasury.

A couple of observations. First, it shows the hypocrisy of the left. The left deems it inappropriate to fund sectarian instruction, unless that sectarian instruction is of their own variety...anti-Christianity.

Second, it shows the hypocrisy of the right. Conservatism used to mean limited government, as in, you know, constitutional government. Where in the Constitution is the federal government authorized to dole out tax money to schools, secular or religious? Instead of complaining that they aren't getting any money, conservatives should be complaining that anyone is getting money.


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