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The Great Voucher Fraud: A Scheme to Fund Church Schools with Tax Dollars
Saturday, March 15
Friends Meeting House
530 26th Avenue North in Nashville (two blocks north of Charlotte Avenue)
Gene Bryant and Amy Frogge will address a free public meeting on the problems with school vouchers. Discussion will follow.
Gene Bryant has been a member of Americans United for Separation of Church and State for 50 years. He is a retired educator, having served as teacher, principal, and editor of an education journal. He has researched and written extensively on religion and public education issues. He will discuss how we reached this nadir by abandoning religious liberty.
Amy Frogge is an attorney and member of the Metropolitan Nashville Public School Board representing District 9. She will explain reasons for the MNPS resolution opposing vouchers and some fundamentally different ways to support low-performing schools. She is a supporter of
Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence (TREE).
Welcome to the web site of Nashville Chapter Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The chapter was initiated by a chapter formation committee in May of 2001. We expect to be a watchdog for any violations of religious liberty in Tennessee and especially Middle Tennessee.
Article VI of the United States Constitution states that there shall be no religious test for public office. The First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." We believe that every citizen, no matter of what religion (or of no religion), must be equal before the law.
Basic to our American heritage is the concept that religious groups must be independent and not reliant upon government. Citizens must not be taxed for religion. It is not the purpose of government to promote any religion or group of religions, nor may government favor religion over disbelief.
Therefore we have deep concerns over the current attempts to destroy separation of church and state and claim it does not exist. Among the many violations are the "charitable choice" provisions of "faith-based initiatives," attempts to funnel tax monies to religious schools, government- sponsored or government-organized prayers (as opposed to individual, personal prayers), posting of religious mottos in public buildings, teaching "creationism" as if it were science, censorship of literature and arts, legislation which imposes the beliefs of one religion on all citizens - and many more.
Step 1: Send us your e-mail address so you can be added to the Tennessee list.
Step 2: Submit your check for membership ($25 or more) to:
PO Box 210005
Nashville TN 37221
Step 3: Tell us what you can do to help.