2007-06-13

What's your political persuasion?

You Are a "Don't Tread On Me" Libertarian
You distrust the government, are fiercely independent, and don't belong in either party. Religion and politics should never mix, in your opinion... and you feel opressed by both. You don't want the government to cramp your self made style. Or anyone else's for that matter. You're proud to say that you're pro-choice on absolutely everything!

This is a pretty good test, although it conflates the concept of private and religious schools. Of course right now, many private schools are religious, because churches subsidize religious schools, and it is very difficult to compete against the (so called) "free" government schools, which people are forced to pay for, even if they do not use them. This would, of course, be different in a freer society where government paid for, but did not control, education.

2 comments:

Dane said...

My contention has always been that while taxpayers are in effect paying for schools, neutrality on religious issues should be enforced.

cxx_guy said...

I would agree, in general, but there is a subtle point here: government paying for schools, and government choosing schools.

An example of this is the G.I. Bill. Ex-soldiers use the G.I. Bill to pay for universities which are run by religious institutions. If the government said that only such universities should be able to accept G.I. Bill, I would consider that to be a violation of the First Amendment. If the government excluded such universities from receiving G.I. Bill money, I would consider THAT to be a violation of the First Amendment.

In this case (which is the same as the voucher case), I think the government should ignore religious affiliation of the institution, and just let the student decide.