This morning, after a long and frustrating search, I finally found an on-line version of the Stimulus Plan that has been sent to the Senate for consideration. It’s called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Here’s a link to the 258 page document–enjoy!)
I read as much as I could this morning and I can tell you that I’ve never seen so many zeros in my life!
Millions for that. Billions for that.
This is not a political blog–it’s never been. I’ve made a point of staying out of politics, but–that being said–I do think it’s important that–as Americans–we make ourselves familiar with the details of this bill.
As Christians, I think we need to be aware of what we find on page 193 line 19ff.
This “stimulus” bill prohibits any money from this bill from being provided for the “modernization, renovation, or repair” of the facilities for any school that is “used for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or a school or department of divinity; or in which a substantial portion of the functions of the facilities are subsumed in a religious mission” (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, pp 193 line 19-194 line 3).
In an article (click here to read the article) on this provision, Matt Staver, founder and chairman of the Liberty Council is cited as saying, “What the government is doing is discriminating against religious viewpoints.”
I’d encourage you to read the provision for yourself and draw your own conclusions.
Let’s all keep praying for the leaders of our country. May God guide them and give them wisdom as they lead this great country.