Liberal Bishop Considers School Vouchers to be a ‘Tragedy’

Gene Robinson is the ninth bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America and the first openly homosexual bishop. Corruption in morality in one thing often leads to corruption elsewhere. It’s no surprise, therefore, that his homosexual lifestyle is impacting other areas. In this case, Robinson believes that voucher programs that benefit non-government schools are a “tragedy.”

“‘I am a believer in public education and I believe every dollar diverted from public education either by religious schools or by charter schools is a tragedy,’ said Robinson. [A voucher] takes away from this great mission that is so embedded in the life of this country. . . . I just favor full and un-diverted support for those public schools.’”

Our current public education system is a government education system — by the government and for the government. What is the “great mission” of public schools? To get children to understand that the State is the Great Provider, the substitute parent.

Consider these comments from Herbert Schlossberg’s Idols for Destruction, a book that everybody should read:

“The paternal state not only feeds its children, but nurtures, educates, comforts, and disciplines them, providing all they need for their security. . . . The paternalism of the state is that of the bad parent who wants his children dependent on him forever. . . . The paternal state thrives on dependency. When the dependents free themselves, it loses power. It is, therefore, parasitic on the very persons whom it turns into parasites.”[1]

Consider Robinson’s comment about how every dollar diverted from public education is a tragedy. What is the source of the diverted money? It’s first diverted from people who earned it. Property  and wage earners are forced to give up their money to pay for the education of other people’s children. That’s the real tragedy. More than that; it’s immoral.

People who don’t have any children, or families who choose not to send their children to a government school, are taxed to fund the very schools that are undermining the values and ideals of this once great nation. They are paying a double tax – one for the government school system and tuition for a non-government school that does not confiscate money to fund its educational work.

Like Robinson, I am against vouchers and charter schools, but for different reasons. Vouchers are still other people’s money. The same is true of charter schools. Any money that comes from the State (first taken from tax payers) is controlled by the State. “He who pays the piper calls the tune.”


Notes:
  1. Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction: The Conflict of Christian Faith and American Culture (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, [1983], 1993), 184. []

About Gary DeMar
Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is the author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.
  • SallyE

    I am a member of the Episcopal Church. It used to be a great place to worship, full of beautiful liturgy and music.Gene Robinson damaged the church that I love. He put his homosexual agenda ahead of the health and well being of the Church. There is a split in the Episcopal Church now which may never heal. All caused by Gene Robinson.

    • Mudpuppy

      How anyone who claims to be a Christian can support anything to do with homosexuality is beyond me. The Bible clearly condemns it. How any man can prefer another man to a woman also escapes me. It's beyond disgusting.

  • nonconformist101

    If people are paying taxes that go to the schools, then it seems only reasonable that those people be able to send their kids to whichever school they want to. Especially, since they will continue to pay taxes for schools long after their kids are grown & gone. The reason the public schools are afraid of vouchers, is because they fear that the best students, with the most involved parents will choose private schools & the public schools will be left with mostly students that struggle, I feel bad for those teachers, but with a percentage of the students going to other schools, maybe the smaller class sizes will benefit those kids who need more individual attention. If the public schools want the parents to leave their kids there, then the schools will need to do a better job of teaching & spend less time on social propagandizing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Orendorff/1398682199 John Orendorff

    Oh yes. Free public education is making our country terrible. If we could just do away with it , homosexuality and socialism would just disappear.

  • http://www.facebook.com/njsidge Anthony Arezzo

    a jerkoff in a robe

  • SpinMeNot

    As a former member of the ECUSA, I will declare that Robinson was one of the reasons that I broken my affiliation with that organized and institutionalized collection of apostates. They are as corrupt as the Pharisees and as greedy as the Sadducee.

    There is hope for the Anglican Communion within the new Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, but only time will tell.

    My grandfather was a Jewish Immigrant from Eastern Europe prior to WWI. At this point in my life I am a best described as a Messianic Jew, if such a thing exists. The ECUSA lost its way many years ago.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TOVX7264NNNUOQZJIF5FQL4H5Q C.A

    who cares what this anti-Christ believes. This "religious" entity is no more Christian than muslims.