Take Action: Tell Congress to Stop Federal Funding of Religious Schools

This Wednesday, March 30, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on H.R. 471, the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act. This legislation would reauthorize and expand the Washington, D.C. federal private school voucher pilot program, under which millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are funneled toward private religious schools that preach religious dogma and can discriminate against staff and students.  

The Secular Coalition for America objects to voucher programs that use federal taxpayer dollars for private religious schools that proselytize to students and are exempted from federal civil rights laws, allowing them to discriminate in enrollment and hiring on the basis of faith.

More than 80 percent of students receiving federal vouchers through the D.C. program attend private religious schools with such civil rights exemptions but no opt-out option for religious instruction. 

Currently, this is the only federal voucher program subsidized with your tax dollars. However, new legislation has been introduced to create a federal voucher program nationwide. The Secular Coalition for America takes no position on the use of vouchers for secular private education, but SCA opposes the re-authorization of the D.C. voucher program because it has resulted in the federally funded religious training of thousands of D.C. children.

Help SCA protest this blatant violation of the separation of church and state. Write to your representative in the U.S. House right now. Tell your representative to vote against programs that send your tax dollars to private religious schools.

You can read the entire text of the bill here, and use the form at this link to contact your representative in the House.  

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