Catholic-basher James G. Blaine
(Thanks to Susan for the nooze tip)
An upcoming Supreme Court case has the country’s teacher unions gnashing their teeth and warning of an educational disaster.
I thought we already had one of those. Ongoing.
“Espinoza vs. Montana Dept. of Revenue” challenges a Montana state law that gives tax credits to those who donate to scholarships to private schools–but not to “religious” schools (https://www.educationdive.com/news/supreme-court-to-hear-case-educators-worry-could-destabilize-public-school/570745/). ‘Cause that would be “helping the church.” Taboo!
The Montana law–and similar laws in 37 other states–is based on the Blaine Amendment, a failed Constitutional amendment from the 19th century whose aim was to ban public financial assistance to religious schools: more specifically, Catholic schools. James G. Blaine has gone down in history as the candidate whose presidential campaign self-destructed when he called the Democrat Party “the party of rum, Romanism, and rebellion.” Lots and lots of people resented that.
If the U.S. Supreme Court allows individuals and groups to donate money to religious school scholarships, warns Randi Weingarten, president of the far-left American Federation of Teachers, it “could decimate public education.”
Like, that would be a bad thing?
It would, she predicted, “siphon off”–get this!–“scarce funds” for education. What kind of joy juice is she drinking? Funds for public schools are all too plentiful, and anything but scarce. Does she foresee the demise of $100,000-plus annual teacher salaries? Ooooh!
The Blaine Amendment offspring that survive in 38 states discriminate against religious schools and Americans who want to send their children there.
America needs more Christian schooling, not less. Much, much more!