Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Three Louisiana Legislators Need To Read Their Oath of Office - Muslims and Voucher Legislation

A distressing report from the AP involving the new Legislation regarding Vouchers and Charter Schools is commented on at the The Volokh Conspiracy. See  Equal Participation for Muslim Schools, Oh My!

From one of the legislators quoted

Carter, R-Baton Rouge, said the Islamic school withdrew its request to participate in the voucher program.

“They’re not interested. The system works,” he said….

I am not sure why the Muslim school withdrew it's application but if it was because of political pressure the SYSTEM DID NOT WORK.

The Oath these legislators take mentions they must uphold the laws and  Constitutions of both the United States and the State of Louisiana.

That includes religious liberty rights and related matters. That oath does not have a " but not when unpopular exemption". That is tough to do at times but it is part of the job. If people cannot abide by they should not run for office..

Again one cannot put Islam on one side and treat it differently from Christianity. I suspect in some areas of the country people might not want to fund certain Christian schools because of their beliefs. If you are going to have charters and vouchers all must treated equally.


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Undergroundpewster said...

I wonder why the school withdrew its request?

Do you think a charter school might have to open up its teachings to state inspectors if it takes these vouchers?

James H said...

I am wondering myself why it withdrew it. There seems to have been very little follow up by the two major state papers for some reason.

I do suspect at one point that the State is going to have to deal with this.

I am not sure on the "religious" side if those teaching could be reviewed that much without raising red flags. The irony is most Christian and Catholic school principals etc that would think this through would get real concerned about that as a precedent and might cause less people to go into the program