Religious freedom for me but none for thee

Rep. Valarie Hodges doesn’t like Islam

I’m a little late to this one but Louisiana is the latest in the game of “We only care about our religious freedom but not yours”.

Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Watson, says she had no idea that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s overhaul of the state’s educational system might mean taxpayer support of Muslim schools.

“I actually support funding for teaching the fundamentals of America’s Founding Fathers’ religion, which is Christianity, in public schools or private schools,” the District 64 Representative said Monday.

Rep. Hodges supports the idea of teaching Deism in Louisiana public schools? This idea that the founding fathers were Christians or that our country is founded on Christianity and that the US is a Christian nation is very popular in our neck of the woods. Well, the founding fathers were not Christians, our country was founded on the idea of religious freedom and the US has a Christian majority. I’m only mildly irritated but no longer shocked to learn that local politicians seem to be pretty ignorant on these matters.

“Unfortunately it will not be limited to the Founders’ religion,” Hodges said. “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.”

Rep. Hodges seems to have mistaken the word religious with Christian. This seems to be a pattern in the South… just like our own Rep. Hurley and the people opposing the Murfressboro mosque they either don’t understand the concepts of equality under the law or they have malice intent in that they understand the concept but they just don’t care.

(via Friendly Atheist)


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