Anti-Faith Jargon In New “Stimulus” Bill?
I heard some whispers that there is some anti-faith jargon in the “stimulus” bill (HR 1). Of course, the media hasn’t really covered this much, so I had to really dig to find it. It couldn’t be true. Could it?
The idea is that if a school (that accepts federal money) let’s a church meet in its auditorium on the weekend, it will not be entitled to “stimulus” dollars to update and renovate said auditorium. Or if a college let’s a religious campus club meet in their dorms, it can not get “stimulus” money to renovate or update said dorms. These are just some of the ways that the new bill and wording could be applied, some say.
To me that sounded unconstitutional and discriminatory. But then again, what politicians these days care about actually following the law? So I went to the source and found the section in the bill. Sure enough, there it was. The wording appears in a way that could be sliced either way. And that’s the problem. That’s how bad precedents get set.
Lawmakers with hidden agendas often purposefully word laws in ways that could go either way. That way, when the dust settles and everyone forgets about it, they can enforce the law according to their own agenda. Before you know it, religious groups can’t even peacefully assemble in public because they are: 1) religious and 2) on public property which must be maintained for the sake of the safety of all the other citizens and if the group meets on public property public dollars can’t go to maintaining and improving it. Sound crazy? It could happen.
Anyway, you decide for yourself. Am I crazy? Here is the section with said subsection:
- SEC. 9302. HIGHER EDUCATION MODERNIZATION, RENOVATION, AND REPAIR.
- (3) PROHIBITED USES OF FUNDS- No funds awarded under this section may be used for–
- A. the maintenance of systems, equipment, or
facilities, including maintenance associated with any permissible uses
of funds described in paragraph (1);
- B. modernization, renovation, or repair of
stadiums or other facilities primarily used for athletic contests or
exhibitions or other events for which admission is charged to the
- C. modernization, renovation, or repair of facilities–
- (i) used for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or a school or department of divinity; or
- (ii) in which a substantial portion of the functions of the facilities are subsumed in a religious mission; or
- D. construction of new facilities.