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Huckabee: ‘One thing is clear,’ the economic recovery package is ‘anti-religious.’

By Ryan Powers  

"Huckabee: ‘One thing is clear,’ the economic recovery package is ‘anti-religious.’"

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huck.gifIn an e-mail to supporters yesterday, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) wrote, “The dust is settling on the ‘bipartisan’ stimulus bill and one thing is clear: It is anti-religious.” To support his claim, Huckabee “pointed to a provision in both the House and Senate versions banning higher education funds in the bill from being used on a ‘school or department of divinity.’” But as Steve Benen explains, “Huckabee is bearing false witness“:

[T]his myth has been making the rounds in right-wing circles for about a week. Originally, the American Center for Law and Justice, a right-wing legal group formed by TV preacher Pat Robertson, said the stimulus bill includes a provision that would prohibit “religious groups and organizations from using” buildings on college campuses. [...]

[T]he standard language in the bill simply blocks spending for on-campus buildings that are used primarily for religion (like a chapel, for example). This same language has been part of education spending bills for 46 years. It’s just the law, and it’s never been controversial.

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