Another Bailout

Discussion in 'Other Christian Denominations' started by Nevada, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. Nevada

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    Yup, another taxpayer bailout may be in store. Not GM, nor Harley Davidson, nor a bank.

    Roman Catholic elementary and high schools.

    Yup, enrollment is down. Some are being closed. Some merged (In my town, they even merged a boys' school with one of their girls' schools!)

    OK, I'm talking about the prospect of vouchers. (I'm not Baptist, but I know Baptists were a mega force in opposing taxes being given to Catholic schools, up until the last 2-3 decades.)

    How would everyone here feel about tuition vouchers? Even if you LIKE the idea of them, how would you feel knowing that your money is the salvation of the Vatican's schools in America?

    Thoughts? I hope you agree with my take on the matter, but if you don't I'd still like your input. This still is the USA!
     
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    GOOD! If you want your kids to learn something, send them to a Catholic school. At least they will know how to read, write, and do numbers when they graduate from grade school.
     
  3. Salty

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    I concur - parents have a right to a good education for their kids - and it appears that private/religious schools are doing a pretty good job.

    Why - they actually have rules that must be obeyed, among other things

    Salty

    Wait, this is the 2nd time in 5 minutes I have agreed with Bill - am I gettting liberal, or is he getting conservative :smilewinkgrin: :saint:
     
  4. Zenas

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    I hope the Catholic schools survive, BUT NOT through government assistance. Any private school that takes government money compromises its independence, the very reason it exists in the first place. They will require certain levels of achievement, a certain ethnic mix in the student population, and probably certain curriculum materials. If you don’t comply, they yank their funds which more often than not become an essential source of money for the school’s operation.

    I’m also opposed to vouchers for much the same reason. It’s just an indirect way of providing government support for private schools. Private schools, including Catholic schools, are a positive force in our society but by taking government money their influence will be weakened.
     
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    Honestly? You kind of lost me when you claimed it was a bailout and then admitted that it was a voucher plan, not a bailout.
     
  6. Nevada

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    Does it not strengthen religion to be independent of government?

    As "government" is made up of -politicians-, I'd think clergy would want to run, run, run far away.

    A friend told me the story of the king's coin:
    Long ago, the British army wanted recruits. They sat a chest of gold coins up on the street, with soldiers nearby. Young lads would eargerly take one of the king's coins. Then,

    they were outraged to find they were then recruits in the army!
     
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  7. Nevada

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    Oh, my friend said a saying comes from this story,

    "He who accepts the King's coin .. "

    use this as a response to anyone who thinks something comes with no strings attached.

    Lastly, if independence from politicians, and money with strings attached, is not THE difference between Christianity in America and Christianity in Europe, what is?

    For that matter, the difference between Protestantism and Catholicism.

    He who accepts the King's coin . . !
     
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    From Nevada's article:

    "In full frontal violation of that edict, Boehner has put his name and his clout behind two bills that blow holes in the "wall." One would breathe life into a voucher program that gives poor D.C. kids up to $7,500 toward private or parochial school tuition. The second would fund the program with $20 million a year for the next five years."

    How does Nevada get from "private or parochial" schools to "Catholic schools"?

    Am I to assume that Nevada has no problem with other private and parochial schools getting vouchers?
     
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    The only difference is one of degrees. Vouchers is federal aid lite--nothing more, nothing less.
     
  11. Nevada

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    Most schools that would benifit from vouchers would be Roman Catholic.

    (Plus, some cult schools. Plus, other religious group's schools. None should entangle themselves with politicians and politicians money.)
     
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    Maybe that's because most private schools are Catholic schools. Nevada, I'm having a little trouble following you.

    Do you oppose vouchers because they will benefit Catholic schools?
    OR
    Do you oppose vouchers because they place a leash around the necks of the recipients?
    OR
    Is it something else that concerns you about vouchers?
     
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    Taxes for Sharia?

    There has already been trouble with tax dollars being used to fund religious instruction, in certain charter schools. Yes, charter schools are not the same as voucher programs (though a step down the same road). Charter schools are forbidden by law from teaching religion, even though they may be operated by religious groups. Such as Muslims . .

    http://www.debbieschlussel.com/3641...school-is-sponsored-by-al-qaedahamas-charity/

    http://www.opposingviews.com/i/minnesota-funds-islamic-school
     
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    While I totally oppose clergy becoming -beholden to politicians- for income, in this thread I am -mostly- curious how folks feel about funding Roman Catholicism. As Catholic schools are the main form of private secondary education in the USA. That's what will happen, in effect.

    But, let's explore other aspects of the issue. See my new post about the infamous Islamic Charter school in Minesota.
     
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    PS

    feel free to disagree with me
    I respect all opinions enough to listen
     

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