In the Dec. 21 edition of The Post, two pieces, "U.S. Judge Bans Cleveland School Vouchers" [news story] and "Public Money, Religious Schools" [letters], discuss the unconstitutionality of school voucher systems. But our society is inequitable when evaluating the propriety of governmental spending. Because we as taxpayers are made complicit in whatever the government chooses to spend our money on, it is healthy to take a critical look at what we sponsor.
The pieces suggest that sponsoring prayer and a religious mission are irresponsible spending. I, as a committed Catholic, disagree.
Through Medicaid, my money is spent on abortions. Through U.S. international aid, about 50 million taxpayer dollars last year funded programs that advocate birth control and abortion. It would be interesting to discover just how much of my money is used on executions. And, as the article "Same-Sex Couples Win Rights in Vermont" [front page, Dec. 21] implies, it would not be ridiculous to assume that one day my money will be used to pay judges who wed homosexual couples or to extend governmental benefits to homosexual "domestic partners." Furthermore, my money may be spent on wars that I may oppose or on unethical medical research.
In light of all this, paying for kids to pray seems much less dangerous.