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Clergy Statement Opposing Vouchers

As religious leaders in Texas, we are opposed to any "school choice" or "voucher" plan that would funnel tax money either directly or indirectly to sectarian schools.

We believe that directing state funds into private schools is destructive to public education, hazardous to the distinctiveness of private education, and oppressive to many who do not want their tax dollars to fund the teaching of religious views different from their own.

We believe that the diversion of public education dollars to religious schools unconstitutionally allows for public funding of religious teachings. Our religious beliefs and institutions are sacred and must be free of the government controls and regulations which appropriately accompany government funds.

We further believe that to allocate state tax dollars to any group, institution or person without state regulation and control would be a serious mismanagement of taxpayer money.

If you are a religious leader and wish to add your name to the growing number of Texas clergy who oppose vouchers, e-mail your name, religious affiliation and home city to the Texas Faith Network.

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