Published Online: October 21, 2014
Published in Print: October 22, 2014, as Reader: Hawaii Early-Childhood Measure Blurs Church and State


Reader: Hawaii Early-Childhood Measure Blurs Church and State

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To the Editor:

Amendment 4 on the November ballot in Hawaii would authorize tax support for private early-childhood education programs in secular and faith-based private schools.

While the proposed law and Article X, Section 1 of the Hawaii constitution both prohibit tax support for any form of discrimination (by race, religion, sex, or ancestry), Amendment 4 would not seem to prohibit sectarian indoctrination in the tax-aided, faith-based private schools.

So Hawaiians could be taxed to support sectarian training that they would not choose to support voluntarily, and this would violate language in the state constitution that protects religious freedom and separation of religion and government.

Edd Doerr
Americans for Religious Liberty
Silver Spring, Md.

Vol. 34, Issue 09, Page 22

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