Henry Vilas wrote:Why should taxpayers shell out for religious indoctrination? Does the separation of Church and State mean nothing to you?
Let's can the bullshit Henry, even if it was only for private non-religious schools you'd be pitching a fit, so spare me the separation of church and state line.
You went to catholic school Henry, tell me how much of your time was spent in religion classes? I seem to recall less than 10% of my time at Pius being spent learning religion, and of that about half was studying other religions not being indoctrinated into Catholicism. Maybe Pius was just better than Dominican.
And the separation does mean something. It means that the state should not be involved in matters of religious nature. It doesn't mean that the state should pretend that religions do not exist, or ignore the fact that religious groups can and do provide some benefit to the public (outside of their religious mission).
And there's a difference between taxpayers shelling out for religious schools (aka vouchers, which except for exceptional circumstances, I agree with you), and taxpayers being allowed to pay less taxes because they are paying to educate their children. My guess (at least in Milwaukee) is that many of the parents choosing private schools aren't selecting them for the religion classes in the first place.