By an overwhelming, bi-partisan margin, the House Education and Labor Committee acted responsibly on Head Start yesterday. After years of attempts to politicize Head Start by allowing providers to commit religious discrimination in choosing teachers and volunteers, the committee rejected an amendment that would create this unconstitutional practice. The current bill, H.R. 1429, is a very positive step forward towards safeguarding this vital and successful government program. We cannot allow tax-payer dollars to subsidize Head Start providers that refuse to hire teachers and volunteers solely because they are of a different faith tradition.
The Interfaith Alliance calls on the full House and Senate to follow the example set by the House Education and Labor Committee. The uplifting opportunities that Head Start provides should be made available to all eligible families, regardless of their religious affiliation.
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.