Christian schools in many states in the US have found a way to collect taxpayer dollars. Through voucher programs, parents can divert their money away from public schools and instead funnel it into private schools.
This was originally created as a way to help students in lower income areas achieve the ability to go to a private school. This has never happened, and it never will. Voucher programs instead leave these kids is now grossly underfunded schools while rich tax payers make sure their kids have a well funded, exclusive education. (yay capitalism!).
Alex Morris at Rolling Stone explains it like this:
Georgia, along with 11 other states (Arizona, Pennsylvania, Florida, Rhode Island, Iowa, Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, New Hampshire, Louisiana and, most recently, Alabama), has adopted laws – sometimes referred to as "neovouchers" – to grant dollar-for-dollar tax credits to people who donate money to provide children with scholarships to private schools. In theory, such a plan has the potential to help a lot of students, but in practice, especially in deeply religious places like Georgia, it has also meant that millions of dollars have been redirected from public funds to privately run Student Scholarship Organizations, which can then funnel the money to schools with strict anti-gay policies. Because the money goes straight to the SSO and never actually enters the public coffers, it's free and clear of being considered a "public fund" – allowing church and state to technically be kept separate. All of which may sound fishy, but consider this: It's fully legal because the laws make it so. And, as the school-choice movement gains ground, it's certain that other states will soon pass similar legislation.
Now these private schools, who are free from equal opportunity enrollment and welcome to discriminate and claim religious freedom are using tax payer dollars to discriminate about homosexual students.
As religious institutions, these schools have the legal right to uphold and enforce any faith-based belief system they please. And parents who enroll their children – if not always the children being enrolled – understand the repercussions of such policies. However, by exploiting recent legislation, Christian schools in Georgia that openly discriminate against gay students have been receiving millions of dollars in diverted public funds as a result of a 2008 law meant to provide funding to help low-income children transfer to private schools.
It is time secular humanists take a stand and put an end to harmful school voucher programs. The mass discrimination not only against homosexuals, but lower income, minority students must come to a full stop. Education is a right for every single person on this planet, regardless of your social status.
Find out what politicians in your area say about voucher programs and school sponsored discrimination with taxpayer dollars and make your voice heard.