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  •  that sounds noble (6+ / 0-)

    but the tax incentive was a way to funnel money to religious schools, that was the motive, that was what was discussed in public.

    It isn't some noble undertaking, but a way to keep religious kids and white kids out of the public schools and keep their parents from paying the full cost.

    •  That's probably true. (1+ / 0-)
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      VClib

      Which is why I said that the only way to prevent this is not to have the program.  If the people of a state (through their representatives) vote to give a tax break to people who donate to a private school for scholarships, they have to give it to ALL private schools that qualify based on content neutral requirements.  

      The other way to make the point would be to establish your OWN school that teaches values supportive of the LGBT community and to solicit donations for scholarships for that school.  That way, views you like also are supported with the tax break.  But that's up to individuals to do, not the government.

      The best way to combat speech you don't like is with your own speech.  

      •  again sounds noble (1+ / 0-)
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        irishwitch

        but this isn't a free speech issue.  This is using tax credits, exemptions for donations to allow individuals to remove their tax burden and and use the money instead to further defund public schools.

        If you believe in the premise of Citizens United that cash is speech, this won't bother you.   If you believe quality universal public education is important to functioning democracies, then this would be disturbing as a policy matter.

    •  RE: religious parents (1+ / 0-)
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      yella dawg

      it seems they mostly worship the color of their own skins

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