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