Re: [skepticsinphoenix] Fwd: Secular Values Win in US Senate: DC Religious Vouchers Defeated

From: user 4.
Sent on: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 6:30 PM
That's PURE WIN, that is.

On Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 06:23:56PM -0400, Matt Londen wrote:
> Victory!
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Secular Coalition for America <[address removed]>
> Date: Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 5:21 PM
> Subject: Secular Values Win in US Senate: DC Religious Vouchers Defeated
> To: [address removed]
>   <http://action.sec...;­
>  March 16, 2010
> Dear Matt,
> You took action and with all of us working together, secular values won.
> Two weeks ago, we alerted you to Sen. Joe Lieberman's proposed amendment to
> the Senate jobs bill that would reauthorize the "D.C. Opportunity
> Scholarship Program," an initiative that forced American taxpayers to
> subsidize religious institutions through school vouchers.
> A July 2009 report by Rutgers University on the D.C. voucher program
> concluded that the way the voucher program is structured "essentially
> push[es] students into Christian Association and Catholic schools, pricing
> out independent (non-religious) schools and Hebrew schools."
> Those of us who do not wish to subsidize religion with our tax dollars would
> continue to be forced to do so if Senator Lieberman had his way.
> *Thousands of you responded,* writing to your senators to tell them that
> public funds should be never be used to pay for anyone's religion. The
> amendment never made it to the jobs bill--though Senator Lieberman promised
> he would bring it back as soon as he could.
> So the Secular Coalition for America took your message directly to the
> Senate. SCA staff met personally with over fifteen key senators to make the
> case that our tax dollars must not be used to fund religious activities,
> particularly in schools.
> Tonight, Senator Lieberman managed to bring the amendment to the floor,
> attaching it this time to a bill funding the Federal Aviation
> Administration. Debate was heard, votes were cast, and the amendment was
> defeated, 42 to 55. *We worked together, and helped to stop the
> unconstitutional public financing of religious education. *
> It's only the latest sign that the secular movement is growing. Just last
> month, the Secular Coalition for America and representatives of the secular
> movement met with the Obama
> administration<http://action.sec...­
> an official policy briefing-the first of its kind for our movement in
> history-opening up new lines of dialogue between our community and the White
> House.  Many more issues lay before us, and we need your help to keep up the
> momentum. *Here are three things you can do right now:*
>    1. *Forward this email* to five friends, and have them sign up for our
>    e-mail action
> alerts<http://action.sec...­
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>    2. *Say thank you.* If one or both of your senators voted to defeat this
>    bill, consider going to that senator's official contact page and thanking
>    them for respecting the separation of church and state. (See how your
>    senator voted
> here<http://action.sec...;­
>    .)
>    3. *Make a donation *to the Secular Coalition for
> America<http://action.sec...;­.
>    Every dollar helps us in our fight to increase influence and respect for
>    secular Americans.
> Thank you!
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