Louisiana Republican: When I Voted for State Funds to go to Religious Schools, I Didn’t Mean Muslim Ones Louisiana Republican: When I Voted for State Funds to go to Religious Schools, I Didnt Mean Muslim Ones In Louisiana, Republican Governor Bobby Jindal pushed for a voucher program that would allow state funds to be used to pay for religious schools. Its unconstitutional, its a way to use taxpayer money to fund someones faith, and it was a bad idea to begin with. But it passed. Now, one of the state legislators, Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Watson), just made a shocking discovery, though: Christianity isnt the only religion! Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Watson, says she had no idea that Gov. Bobby Jindals overhaul of the states educational system might mean taxpayer support of Muslim schools. I actually support funding for teaching the fundamentals of Americas Founding Fathers religion, which is Christianity, in public schools or private schools, the District 64 Representative said Monday. Unfortunately it will not be limited to the Founders religion, Hodges said. We need to insure that it does not open the door to fund radical Islam schools. There are a thousand Muslim schools that have sprung up recently. I do not support using public funds for teaching Islam anywhere here in Louisiana. Wait, were teaching the Founders religion? I cant wait to see those Deistic schools popping up everywhere I cant decide whether the staffers at Americans United are collectively rolling their eyes or shaking their heads in disbelief, but theyre right to suggest We told you so: Where to begin? Hodges bigotry is perhaps only rivaled by her ignorance of constitutional and legal principles. Of course Muslim schools will qualify for funding under a voucher plan. When programs like this are set up that dole out benefits to religious schools, the government cant play favorites. Thats basic. Some legislators arent comfortable funding Muslim schools. Whats to be done? How about not establishing these programs in the first place? Let Muslims fund Muslim schools. Let Catholics fund Catholics ones. Let fundamentalist Protestants pay for the conservative Christian academies and so on. Rep. Hodges made the mistake of saying out loud what most conservative Christians only say to themselves to private: When they say they want religious freedom, theyre only referring to their own faith. Everyone else can fend for themselves. Message to Rep. Hodges: Your Christian privilege is showing.