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I usually keep up on the theocratic right. And sometimes I find a gem.

Today I did.

"The Hammer" and wifey have decided to start a privately-funded foster care program for kids in Texas.

The kicker is qualifying to BE a foster parent.

...Rio Bend has much stricter guidelines for foster parents than the state has. For instance, in selecting foster parents the community's administrators look for a married couple that is faith-based and preferably Christian, with only one spouse working outside the home.

So if I, as an unmarried Pagan woman, applied to care for DeLay's kids (that sounds awful, doesn't it), would I qualify?

Trust me, I'm NOT holding my breath.

And it gets BETTER:

Rio Bend is a neighborhood in suburban Houston where specially approved parents live in large, privately subsidized houses with their foster children.

I would love to know who's financing this.

Oh, wait:

...the parents pay only $450 a month in rent for the large, privately subsidized homes they share with their foster families, and they still receive money from the state for the care of each child they foster.

Ummm...what about kids that AREN'T Christian? How about the Jewish kids, or the Muslim children, or little Pagan tykes?

Yeah, right.

And then there's my FAVORITE part:

Also, Gow notes, the DeLays planned the neighborhood very deliberately as a Christian community, complete with a chapel, as they felt that would contribute to making Rio Bend the best type of environment for the children. The Congressman and his wife have remarked that there is no other place like this neighborhood in all the U.S., but they hope it will become a model for similar foster-family communities in the future.

Here, go read it. I've finally stopped laughing.

UPDATE: Please note AmericanRiverCanyon's comment in this thread. It never would have occurred to me to research futher. Major hat tip, ARC!

Originally posted to Auntie Neo Kawn on Tue May 09, 2006 at 05:58 PM PDT.

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