September 23, 2005


House OKs Faith As Head Start Hiring Issue (BEN FELLER, 9/23/05, AP)

The House voted Thursday to let Head Start centers consider religion when hiring workers, overshadowing its moves to strengthen the preschool program's academics and finances.

The Republican-led House approved a bill that lets churches and other faith-based preschool centers hire only people who share their religion, yet still receive federal tax dollars.

Democrats blasted that idea as discriminatory.

Democrats just can't allow themselves out from under their anti-religious millstone.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2005 12:00 AM

Absolutely crucial piece of legislation, whether or not it ever becomes law. Imagine the creation or extension of a cohort of persons who derive their livlihoods from both their connection with their church, and the political system that provides for this. Think of public school teachers in reverse.

Repl. Obj. This makes the matter sound like a First Amendment nightmare, which it is. The problem has been brought about by the state having expropriated the resources to support the care of children. Recall that every dollar seized is taken out of the realm of individual choice.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 23, 2005 6:07 AM

The problem is that federal dollars are setting policy. The very worst thing that's happened in the recent past is federal grants to education which took away control from the local community and gave it to leftwing career bureaucrats.

Posted by: erp at September 23, 2005 6:58 AM

I thought studies had shown that programs like this were not particularly effective?

Posted by: Rick T. at September 23, 2005 8:59 AM

Rick T.:

They aren't particularly effective, as teaching programmes.

They're fairly effective as political programmes.

Like D.A.R.E., which has zero effect on teen behavior, but SOUNDS good.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 23, 2005 9:23 PM