Since taking office, Gov. LePage has made national news in his work to try to undermine Maine’s child labor laws. This is the same Governor who thinks twelve-year olds should be working, and who tried to roll back the minimum wage for students, as well as open the door to them working longer and longer hours. Thankfully, parents, teachers and advocates have (thus far) thwarted his efforts.
But, he’s at it again. This time, he’s attempting to undermine laws that date back to the mid-1800s when child labor laws were first developed."
This would not normally be the sort of thing Americans United would pay much attention to. Private schools are free to set their own rules and standards – even if those policies sometimes don’t make sense.
But in this case there’s an important wrinkle: Faith Christian Academy is a voucher school. Prospective and current students are eligible for taxpayer-funded scholarships provided through Florida’s Step Up For Students program.
Like all voucher programs, Step Up For Students is funded directly by public money. Faith Christian Academy’s decision to expel a minority student over her natural hair isn’t just a quirky news story; it also reveals the implications of allowing public funds to go to sectarian schools."
Ham fails to acknowledge that over 97% of all scientists accept evolution (the number is higher among those working in the life and Earth sciences), and his colleagues are in the distinct minority. This further proves the point that evolution is not a scientific controversy; it is a political one.
Unfortunately, there is a large disparity between the scientific community and the public, as only 39% of American adults believe in evolution, a number considerably lower than almost every other developed country."
WTF is wrong with this country.