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Biden’s Rebuilding a Better ‘Free’ Preschool Program for LGBTQ Activists on Faith Groups

Faith groups that provide early childhood care have sounded the alarm bells, saying that although President Joe Biden is bragging about his “Build Back Better” plan to provide a “free” preschool, these federal dollars will match. conditions: forced study programs for LGBTQ activists.

The White House’s “backgrounder” on the $ 1.75 trillion Build Back Better social policy plan states:

President Biden’s plan provides access to free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds, providing parents with access to high-quality programs in any setting they choose, from schools to child care providers children and community organizations at Head Start.

A report to New York Times, however, observed concerns from faith groups that provide early childhood care, as it noted that the bill’s “non-discrimination provision” could “disqualify certain religious organizations, which provide more than the half of the child care programs in the United States ”.

According to a national poll conducted in December 2020 by the Bipartisan Policy Center, 53% of working parent households have used a childcare program affiliated with a faith-based organization.

The Center noted:

Faith-based organizations are in a strong position. They have a solid infrastructure and understand the needs of their communities. Religious leaders are uniquely placed to share information about child care and advocate for children and families. Whether it’s hosting a co-located child care program or operating a day care center, faith-based organizations can shape families’ experiences and perceptions of early childhood care and education.

But the House’s approval of the bill met with strong resistance to its promise of federal dollars in return for teaching children a radical left-wing agenda disguised as “fairness” and “non-discrimination.”

Centers run by the Catholic Church and large Orthodox Jewish groups, for example, say if the bill becomes law, they will be forced to choose between accepting federal funds for child care and continuing to teach the principles. of their respective faiths and hire staff who adhere to their religious beliefs as well.

“It will hurt our ability to participate,” said Jennifer Daniels, deputy director of public policy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Times. “It would impact our ability to remain faithful to our Catholic mission in various ways. We have worked very hard to voice our concerns.

In a letter to Congress ahead of the House vote on the bill, the USCCB observed:

[W]We are concerned about several provisions of the Build Back Better Act that do not align with the principles we have articulated regarding preserving religious freedom and expanding access to early childhood education. More specifically, while greater access to child care and preschool services would be beneficial for many working families, we are concerned that the current provisions for this purpose – at odds with the approach of existing federal programs – will explicitly from recipients of federal financial assistance recipients. assistance and attach new and troubling compliance obligations. This will effectively exclude many faith-based providers from participation (or in some already existing state programs, continued participation), severely limiting options for families and removing a blended delivery system.

As Christian Headlines has pointed out, Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has expressed concern about how the Build Back Better social spending measure represents a “change” of the “rules”.

“Perhaps the most substantial change was not recognized early on,” he wrote, adding:

It is a change in the funding of these programs through block grants given to states to a change in the situation for direct funding through federal programs. Now here is the big difference. There had been organizations, even ministries, Christian organizations that had participated in these block grant funded programs. This meant that they did not fall directly under the non-discrimination provisions required by the federal government. But the change proposed here is not accidental.

It’s very intentional. It is an intentional effort, and it is demanded by some members of the political left, an intentional effort to bring all of these programs under the moral revolution mandated by the federal government. And that means that religious institutions and religious organizations would not be able to run these schools in a way that is consistent with their own beliefs, especially with regard to the gender revolution and sexual morality, all of them. issues, most importantly summed up by LGBTQ.

The Times reported that these concerns were noted by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who told Democrats that children’s faith-based programs need to be assured that they can fully participate in the program.

But House Democratic leaders, such as Congressional Black Caucus and Education and Labor chairman Rep. Bobby Scott (VA), have said no federal dollars should go to a religious group that “discriminates According to their definition of the term.

“The Build Back Better Act must not allow government-funded discrimination – in employment or in the provision of services to participants – in publicly funded programs,” wrote Scott and Representative Joyce Beatty (D -OH), President of the Black Caucus. to President Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

“We believe that allowing such discrimination funded by public funds collected from all taxpayers is a mistake,” the Democrats wrote. “We call on you to oppose any effort to remove or amend the non-discrimination provisions included in the child care and universal preschool education provisions of the Build Back Better Act. “

After the bill was approved by the House, senior defense counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, Zack Pruitt, observed that the vote shows that “Congress Democrats have once again made it clear how good they are. aligned with the agenda of the radical left “.

The bill not only forces taxpayers to fund abortion, but could also “force faith-based child care providers out of the system,” Pruitt warned, adding:

The Bill … contains funding provisions and new subsidy programs that may exclude many faith-based child care providers while reducing funding for existing child care programs currently used by many providers faith-based services, compromising the freedom of parents to send their children to child care programs. that match their religious beliefs. We urge the Senate to reject these dangerous provisions and instead vote in favor of policies that protect the lives, religious freedom and the right of parents to direct the education of their children.

Mohler further cautioned against indifference to the concerns of faith-based groups as the Senate examines legislation that, in essence, would require “pushing everyone into the line of the new LGBTQ revolution.”

“You’re going to go there one way or another, and the funding is on the line,” he wrote. “It might be true that there would be a lot of Christians who would say, ‘Well, it’s not about me. It is not in my interest. This is not my religious organization or my favorite institution. But understand this, the coercive power of the state goes far beyond what is detailed in this kind of funding program.

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