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Friday, April 10, 2015

With government money comes government strings

Posted by Scott Tibbs at 4:00 AM (#)

When Alliance Defending Freedom recently complained about the Obama Administration's abortion-related regulations on aid organizations, they missed something important: With government money comes government strings. Once you accept the government's money, the government can tell you how to run your operation as a condition of continuing to get that money.

This is why I am opposed to vouchers for private schools and why I opposed President Bush's plan to give federal aid to faith-based charities when he announced it in 2001. There is too much potential for a conflict of interest, and too much potential for Christians to be forced to choose between getting their money and compromising their principles. We are seeing that play out here.

If the aid organizations were not dependent on federal grants to do their work, they could take the administration's request they provide abortion services (or refer refugees to abortion providers) and say, "thanks, but no thanks." But because they are publicly funded, they now must make a decision that will have no good outcome. Getting entangled with government is almost never a good idea.

Christian schools that take vouchers, even in Republican states like Indiana, need to look at this controversy and consider how much they are willing to risk government telling them what to do as a condition of getting money from the government. Are they willing and able to immediately stop taking vouchers if forced to choose between vouchers and their faith? If the answer to either question is "no" they need to wean themselves from of this program before they forced to make that choice.


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At April 10, 2015 at 8:38 AM , Blogger TableTopJoe said...  

Mr. Tibbs, I rarely agree with you but this is one of those occasions. You are absolutely correct when you state that "with government money comes government strings."

Further, those who would turn government money over to their favored church in the form of vouchers or some other such vehicle should heed the well-worn liberal warning that separation of church and state protects the state from the church but also protects the church from the state.

Remember that all religions exist in a minority status. Even Christians can be further subdivided into Methodists, Catholics, Presbyterians, Evangelicals, Mormons, and so on. If you accept government money, you run the risk of the government telling you how to spend that money. It matters not why you accepted that money, be it for welfare or school vouchers.

At April 11, 2015 at 4:55 AM , Blogger Mike Newton said...  

"Christian schools that take vouchers, even in Republican states like Indiana, need to look at this controversy and consider how much they are willing to risk government telling them what to do as a condition of getting money from the government."

Amen...and you know the Pence regime only approves of *certain* Xian groups.

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