The Religious Right received a radical blow today as the North Carolina Superior Court ruled that the state’s voucher program, which was designed to divert public tax dollars into private religious schools, was unconstitutional.
This is a step in the right direction and hopefully will gain steam throughout other states. The school voucher plan has been a nefarious plot simmering in the background for decades. The hope for this movement all falls on the shoulders of one man – pseudohistorian David Barton. Many people may not be aware of David Barton but he is one of the driving forces behind the Dominionist movement to take over and reshape America into a “Christian Nation.”
Many people may not understand the ramifications of what that means. Imagine a Christian Iran. Now call it the United States of America. That’s David Barton’s vision and the school voucher program was a component to seeing that nightmarish dream come to life.
The vision of these far right wing Dominionist Christians starts in the schools and moves all the way up to the White House. This victory has kept at bay tax dollars from funneling into the system that Barton has created. Barton, a creationist as well as history revisionist, has created curriculum for private Christian schools designed with the sole intent of convincing future generations as well as the millenials that the world is only 6,000 years old and America is indeed ruled by Conservative Jesus.
Wallbuilders is the name of the company Barton founded that creates the mindless drivel he passes off as educational material.
This might sound like a small win but it’s a big slap in the face to Barton, who has been an advisor or assistant to George W. Bush, Michelle Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, Sam Brownback, and Newt Gingrich. He’s even spoken to foreign governments as an advisor telling them how to model their government after our “Christian government”…
The ruling by Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hopgood outlined 7 reasons why the voucher system was inherently unconstitutional
1) appropriates to private schools grades K-12, by use of funds which apparently have gone to the university system budget but which should be used exclusively for establishing and maintaining the uniform system of free public schools;
2) appropriates education funds in a manner that does not accomplish a public purpose;
3) appropriates educational funds outside the supervision and administration of the state board of education;
4) creates a non-uniform system of education;
5) appropriates taxpayer funds to educational institutions that have no standards, curriculum and requirements for teachers and principals to be certified;
6) fails to guard and maintain the rights of the people who privilege the education by siphoning money from the public schools in favor of private schools; and
7) allows funding of non-public schools that discriminate on account of religion.
The best part about this ruling is that it goes into effect immediately, just as the school year is about to start. Even if the state decides to appeal the decision the vouchers cannot go into effect until and unless another court reverses the ruling. It looks like the evangeliturds may start judge shopping soon.
Eat it Barton!
h/t Crooks and Liars