As both sides of the aisle try to reach some sort of agreement to reduce the deficit, the Tea Party is taking an extreme stance on not only increased tax revenue, but also what they want to do to change the structure of our public education system.
Their claim is that if tax revenue is going to be increased then they want to have more control over how public dollars are spent. They are apparently taking the fiscal cliff as an opportunity to integrate Creationism into the Department of Education (DOE), making a push to nationalize the theocratic belief.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) joined Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) in drafting the “Creationism Compromise.”
A press release from Rep. Bachmann’s office reads:
“If revenue is to be increased in any form under a deal to combat the increasing deficit, it is imperative that the citizens have a say so in how that money is spent. Seeing as we are a Christian nation, and the belief of Creationism is the way of the Lord, it is essential that a nationalized curriculum be mandated throughout the nation. The Tea Party Caucus is working hand in glove with the Department of Education and the White House to effectively reach such a compromise.”
The White House has released their own statement:
“There is no such compromise. There will never be such a compromise. The United States of America has and will forever be a nation which keeps religion separate from policy. The first Amendment of the Constitution reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” If an individual chooses to believe in Creationism that is their choice, however using the deficit to promote theocratic principles will not be tolerated and the Tea Party should be ashamed of themselves. If they want to approach the table and offer a legitimate fiscal compromise they will be met with open arms.”
No word yet back from the Tea Party Caucus of either the House or the Senate. Free Wood Post will keep you updated as deficit talks continue.