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Quotes of the week

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  "I actually support funding for teaching the fundamentals of America's founding fathers' religion, which is Christianity, in public schools or private schools. ... Unfortunately it will not be limited to the founders' religion. We need to ensure that it does not open the door to fund radical Islam schools. There are a thousand Muslim schools that have sprung up recently. I do not support using public funds for teaching Islam anywhere here in Louisiana." — State Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Watson, quoted in the Livingston Parish News. Watson voted for Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program, which allows tax dollars to be used to send children from failing public school to private and faith-based schools. Hodges said she thought she was voting for "giving parents the option of sending their children to a public school or a Christian school."

  "What's to stop this administration — we know the First Lady is very keen on us eating healthy — why not tax people for not eating tofu?" — Gov. Bobby Jindal on a conference call with reporters July 5, once again taking a national platform to attack the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The high court upheld the constitutionality of the health care plan by saying it fell within Congress' power to levy taxes. Jindal spent much of last week on a Midwestern bus tour shadowing President Barack Obama's bus tour, stumping for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

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