Friday, September 23, 2005

House votes to let Head Start centers use religion as hiring criterion

Via This Space For Rent, I learned the disgusting news that the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to let Head Start centers consider religion when hiring workers. Church Head Start schools could hire only employees who share their religion, and they would still get federal funding.

Many, many years ago, I was a Head Start teacher. Religion was not an issue in any part of the Head Start curriculum. We taught the children how to socialize with one another, how to resolve conflicts, and how to form vocabularies, sing songs, and do simple arithmetic. In the rural schools, we taught them how to use a knife and fork.

Why, then, would a staff member's religion matter if the school did not have a religious agenda for the children? But now it is all about a religious agenda--in the schools, in the government, in foreign policy, in private family life.

Now, if someone doesn't stop them, they are going to hijack Head Start, too.

7 Comments:

I believe it was over at Pandagon where I read that a child was kicked out of a religious school because her parents were lesbians. But, the school takes federally funded vouchers which truly exposes that there is not seperation of church and state. This would never happen if we our country was not being ran by bushco.

By Blogger zelda1, at 2:15 PM  

That was in Canada, which just goes to show you this disease is spreading.

By Blogger Diane, at 6:45 PM  

Oh God, Diane, I thought your original story was a heart attack waiting to happen, but to hear that this scourge has spread to Canada is just too much.

These people are going to put me in therapy for the rest of my life.

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