Archive for the ‘Same-sex marriage’ Category
A few weeks ago, MSNBC covered a story about a proposal in Utah to cut the 12th grade. The story was presented as a fiscal issue i.e. how much money the state would save if they cut senior year. If money is the issue here, they could save a whole heap of cash by nixing 9th-11th grade, too, but I digress.
Some viewers wrote in. One teenager said it would be a real shame if kids couldn’t go to senior prom. Another said students waste their last year in high school goofing off, so trimming the fat wouldn’t harm anyone. Mostly, however, the story was about the sweet, sweet cash the state would save (reportedly around $60 million).
But the issue should have been framed differently. This assault on the public education system isn’t just a question of saving cash. If Republicans were really interested in budgetary conservatism, they would be significantly more concerned with controlling the bloated military budget and the Wall Street bailouts.
This is really about a radical anti-government, religiously motivated assault that has more in common with Al-Qaeda’s terror strategies than the original intentions of the Founding Fathers.
In November, I wrote about how the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington was threatening to discontinue its social services program for the district if the city didn’t change a proposed same-sex marriage law.
Now, it appears the Archdiocese has followed through on that threat.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has ended its 80-year-old foster-care program in the District rather than license same-sex couples, the first fallout from a bitter debate over the city’s move to legalize same-sex marriage.
What a brave and noble stance to take! Finally, the church has stopped focusing its energy on stopping war, or helping the millions of war orphans and crippled children in the Middle East. It’s just hard luck those kids didn’t attract the Archdiocese’s attention a few years earlier when they were fetuses, the only stage of life the church seems interested in.