Taxpayers Bilked Out of Billions As Republicans Unconstitutionally Fund Religious Schools

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Superstition is the belief in supernatural causality that means one event leads to the cause of another event without any natural process linking the two events. Throughout recorded history superstitious humans mired in unfounded belief devised myriad supernatural explanations for events they observed in nature that led to unsupported belief systems founded in astrology, religion, numerology, witchcraft, and omens that bewilder most semi-intelligent 21st Century human beings because none of those beliefs are founded in reality and contradict natural science. As unbelievable and absurd as it seems, in the most technologically advanced nation on Earth, a very embarrassing number of Americans eschew reality, established science, and empirical data about their existence and the Universe because they are hopelessly addicted to superstition created by a belief system founded on the pre-historic construct known as gods.

Although it is a well-established legal precedent that it is a gross violation of the United States Constitution, there is a monumentally concerted effort to funnel taxpayer dollars meant for public education to private religious schools to inculcate superstition founded on the Christian deity and the bizarre notion it created the entire Universe in six literal 24-hour days. In a report last week it was revealed that taxpayers are unknowingly funding $1 billion in tuition for private schools teaching creationism in 14 states across America, including hundreds of religious schools training children that modern biology, geology and cosmology are all lies. Using nefarious voucher scams, there is a giant push to use greater amounts of taxpayer dollars to expand the religious voucher programs nationwide to program children to embrace bible superstition as fact by invalidating the foundations of modern science. Sadly, there are very few voices speaking out against this miscarriage of justice due to an unwritten law that makes it a veritable sin to challenge religious right Republicans or the Christian religion in a public forum, and it appears the nation can look forward to another generation of ignorant and superstitious Americans; but all hope the madness stops may not be lost yet.

Last week in the third installment of Fox’s science documentary series Cosmos, host and brilliant astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson skillfully described the earliest human beings’ natural curiosity and innate desire to understand their surroundings, the physical world, and their existence by looking at naturally recurring patterns of stars in the night sky. Cosmos and deGrasse Tyson have come under harsh, and often severe, criticism by evangelicals steeped in creationism for not giving equal time to the bible creation story that is founded on ancient superstition, but thus far the entire series has given all its  time to creationism and kept an underlying theme debunking the biblical creation story that deGrasse Tyson dealt a crushing blow with two very clear and devastatingly simple to comprehend examples. It cannot be overstated that if any dyed-in-the-wool evangelical Christian, hardline creationist, or normally intelligent viewer tuned in to Cosmos last week, they would have learned that the idea of the Universe’s creation by a deity was an epic absurdity rooted in the mindset of pre-historic man and has no place in the 21st Century.

Episode three began with deGrasse Tyson carefully explaining that from the earliest man, “cultures all over the planet looked up at the same stars that told them when to camp and when to move on, when the migratory herds and rains and the cold would come and when they would cease for a time. Man looked up in helpless wonder with nowhere to turn for an explanation beyond their guilt and their fears, and no explanation except the work of a master clockmaker; how else to explain it? There was only one way for this to come about in their imagination, only one answer for them; god.” He went on to describe the only conclusion of ancient man was that what happened “up there was directed at them down there” by a god or gods, and that every ancient human culture made the same mistake. deGrasse Tyson even explained away ancient man’s ignorance as a condition of not knowing and asked; “can we really blame them?”  Later in the episode deGrasse Tyson explained that Sir Isaac Newton’s ability to write in perfect mathematical proof describing the laws of gravity and motion revealed how the solar system and everything operated and “swept away the need for a master clockmaker, a creator;” unless they are 21st Century American evangelicals trapped in a condition of believing like ancient man.

It has been about 327 years since Newton finally eliminated the need for man to believe the Universe was created in its entirety in six days by an all-powerful creator, and yet that is the firmly-held belief by millions of evangelical Christians determined to plague the next generation with their ignorant beliefs and perpetuate America’s backward rush to the Bronze Age. Neil deGrasse Tyson could not possibly have insulted creationists more if he had called them pre-historic knuckle-dragging Neanderthals, except he did it with his normally quiet manner, methodical fact-based explanations,  and kindness the creationists certainly do not deserve. However, the people who should be insulted, and outraged beyond belief, are tens-of-millions of Americans watching over a billion of their tax dollars slated for public schools being funneled off to teach a pre-historic fairy tale like creationism.

Taxpayers are paying for students to learn that evolutionary theory is “a wicked and vain philosophy,” “modern math theorists” who fail to view mathematics as laws ordained by God are monsters, and watch their tax dollars pay for private school math teachers guiding students as they explore numbers in the bible. All of those insane wastes of tax dollars were popular 327 years ago, and yet there is no public outcry against religious right Republicans using public school money to train an entire generation of Americans in the mindset of ancient cultures who did not know any better. deGrasse Tyson asked, “can we really blame them?” Yes, and there is no reason why Americans are not outraged into frenzy that their tax dollars are paying to teach superstition that has been debunked ad nauseum for three hundred years at least.

It is painfully obvious that despite court ruling after Supreme Court decision banning teaching of creation with public money, religious right Republicans are violating the Constitution’s protection against government establishing religion with public money and Americans are clueless about the lunacy their tax dollars are paying idiots to teach children. So it is left to Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos to inform Americans how utterly insane creationism is if for no other reason to shake them out of their malaise to take action and stop the madness of teaching children a religious belief ancient mankind devised, but has no place in the 21st Century. No American cares if ignorant adults embrace Bronze Age sensibilities and fear science, but they certainly should care that their tax dollars are used to drag a technologically advanced society into the Dark Ages and they should thank Neil deGrasse Tyson for doing the work Americans should do for themselves; insult creationists mercilessly.

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22 Replies to “Taxpayers Bilked Out of Billions As Republicans Unconstitutionally Fund Religious Schools”

  1. Stealing for Jeebus is OK, though. You have to remember that republican Jesus™ isn’t anything like that guy in the wholly babble.

  2. Follow the money. Much of this is backed by hedge funds and people looking to make billions from charter and private schools. They only care whats taught as long as it makes money. And religion makes money.

    In Tennessee the group Students First is pushing for this very thing. Shut down public schools, hire only teachers versed in the bible and keep the population stupid.

    This is another thing that will remain no matter how hard we try to get rid of it. The backers own our reps

  3. The only way they get away with it is for over a generation they have told people over and over again that public education is bad, teachers are bad etc…

    There may have been a lot of causes for Rome’s fall but when they made Christianity the state religion it speeded up the process

  4. It’s part of a larger pattern of producing a populace of ignorant, reality-denying, science-hating, and fearful Americans who will submit to the will of greedy plutocrats. The fear behind that submission would be fueled by rightwing religious extremists who would probably use the Bible to justify our reduced circumstances with the same passages used to justify the institution of slavery. By taking money from the public education that is so necessary, they then create the self-fulfilling prophecy that public schools are bad, when they are only as good as the time, effort, money, and general support any school needs for success. I’m sickened but not surprised at this kind of outcome.

  5. I agree with Shiva, follow the money. The people starting and operating these schools realize there is a niche that they can fulfill. This is a salesmans dream. You have consumers that are largely ignorant and uneducated mixed with religious zealotry, and you throw in a dose of fear mongering of public schools. Next thing you know you have a line out the door ready to sign up to save their children in the name of God. It is almost an exact copy of the way they have sold the private prison systems which has turned into a bulti-billion dollar industry.

    At some point taxpayers have to stand up, and politicians need to stand up. Cut any and all public funding to any school that does not actively support and provide not just math and science, but all curriculum. These school are also distorting history and disdain philosophy and liberal arts. All of these things are sorely needed for a well rounded education.

  6. No problem compute the cost and then the Federal Government should bill each state for their portion. A very stiff fine of 10% should be attached as well (Tithing cost) for not following the laws of the land.

  7. What does it mean to “know science”? Neil Gegrasse Tyson make the right point in a venues where you have no time but ti speak in kindergarten teems. I guess it’s a slick way of paying older people are far more invested in hog wash that children–and if set right from the beginning there’s no cap we can reach of intellectual capacity.

  8. I distinctly remember reading about this happening in Europe a while back. That’s right! I remember now. “The Dark Ages”.

  9. How about like taking money that you are NOT entitled to, as a religious school is NOT entitled to taxpayer money. ANY religion, no tax dollars, and end their tax exemption too!

  10. I don’t agree with the Creationist lobby either, but to deride all religious people as being “semi-intelligent” smacks of the exact same bigotry that I would expect from the Far Right. You’re better than this, PoliticusUSA, you’re better than this.

  11. I don’t agree, Craig. The prefix “semi-” does not necessarily signify “half-“. For instance, “semidarkness” can range across a good deal of the absence and presence of light.

    EducatedPopulace mentioned the Dark Ages, which, as you know, actually produced several great thinkers.

    However, it’s perhaps fairer to describe the religious as “less intelligent” than those of us who base our worldview on logic and rationality.

    Better?

  12. Too bad this author fails to mention that Sir Isaac Newton was a Christian and spoke often of the symmetry and orderliness of the universe- and he gave credit to: GOD! Wow, what a knuckle dragging cave man. SMH

  13. What does that have to do with the fact we pay billions for schools to teach sky god storys?

    “Newton was a fellow of Trinity College and the second Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He was a devout but unorthodox Christian and, unusually for a member of the Cambridge faculty of the day, he refused to take holy orders in the Church of England, perhaps because he privately rejected the doctrine of the Trinity. In addition to his work on the mathematical sciences, Newton also dedicated much of his time to the study of biblical chronology and alchemy, but most of his work in those areas remained unpublished until long after his death. In his later life, Newton became president of the Royal Society. He also served the British government as Warden and Master of the Royal Mint.”

  14. What the Hell does Newton’s obsession with bible end times have to do with his mathematical proof eviscerating Stone Age beliefs god kept the stars and planets in an orderly motion? You smell like a typical fundamentalist stuck in the Dark Ages. Newton’s so-called god obsession belies a lifetime disproving a creator.

  15. Yes Doug you certainly are a “knuckle dragging caveman”…Idiot!!! Sir Isaac Newton was also persecuted for his science AND was accused of blasphemy, which is a victimless crime. I suggest you read Shiva’s comment a few times to get the facts drilled into your alleged mind…

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