Atheists Express ‘Grave Concern’ About DeVos as Education Secretary, Voucher Policy

On November 23, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump announced the selection of Betsy DeVos as his nominee for Secretary of Education.

In response to this nomination, David Silverman, president of American Atheists, released the following statement.

“American Atheists has grave concerns about the direction of education policy under the Trump Administration. In particular, Mr. Trump’s support for vouchers, a scheme which allows taxpayer dollars to be directed to religious schools, is cause for alarm.

“The nomination of Betsy DeVos to implement Mr. Trump’s proposal to spend $20 billion in federal taxpayer dollars, and more than $100 billion of state education funding, on religious education makes it clear that American Atheists and other advocates will need to remain vigilant and do everything in our power to fight any attempt to force the American public to subsidize religious dogma.

“These religious schools are under no obligation to admit all students and giving government funding to schools that can deny admission on the basis of religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or even race is a total non-starter.

“Forcing taxpayers to fund religious indoctrination and discrimination in the name of ‘school choice’ is something no American should stand for, and I strongly urge President-elect Trump to take seriously his obligation under the Constitution to protect the absolute separation of religion from government and equality for all Americans.”

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    commented 2017-06-29 03:57:05 -0400
    This is not at all good thing to force the taxpayers to choose in school and the religious concept must be abolished because every school must intake any student who is willing to study. As per the government order published in blog no school has right to deny the admission of students into their school.
  • Doris smith
    commented 2017-04-14 12:05:28 -0400
    Duncan put a lot of significance on training change notwithstanding monetary weaknesses. To settle the training framework, noted Duncan, genuine, transformational change must happen instead of searching out here and now choices to get school spending plans back on track. Shortening school years, diminishing transport courses and other here and now arrangements won’t really help either the training or money related frameworks long haul.
  • Rich Weinstein
    commented 2016-12-25 01:16:18 -0500
    all of us atheists should not be counted as a religious block but areligious or indifferent with
    those comming up to us as religious meaning we are without religion it is the mark of secondhander
    to count on the con of religion . and yet it is very much our concern such shiftyness undooing
    doublespeak get used first in schools colleges and then plitics that appears kindly
    but is really inquestor general one counts on realitys substancetive logic.
  • Timothy Hare
    commented 2016-11-25 18:32:23 -0500
    Today Green Party filed for Wisconsin recount. Next week, filing for Pennsylvania recount on Monday, then Michigan soon thereafter!

    These are the three states that gave the Electoral College victory to Trump, although Hillary Clinton actually won the popular vote by 2,000,000+ votes.