I don’t have enough background about this. Something about this sounds wrong to me.
Perhaps some of you know more about it and won’t lapse into hysteria.
If this is for real, or if it is just one of those urban legends, let us know.
A reader sent this from The Voice. My emphases and comments.
Obama Youth Brigade: Church Attendance Forbidden
By Jonas Clark
Is this the change you really voted for? President Obama has only been in office for two months. Now we have HR 1388. The Bill was sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) with 37 others. The Bill was introduced to the floor of the House of Representatives where both Republicans and Democrats voted 321-105 in favor. Next it goes to the Senate for a vote and then on to President Obama.
This bill’s title is called “Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education” (GIVE). [YES WE CAN!] It forms what some are calling “Obama’s Youth Brigade.” Obama’s plan is require anyone receiving school loans and others to serve at least three months as part of the brigade. [On the surface, it sounds okay.] His goal is one million youth! This has serious Nazi Germany overtones to it. [Is this Godwin’s Law kicking in?]
[However…] The Bill would forbid any student in the brigade to participate in “engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.” That means no church attendance or witnessing. [Umm… I don’t think that would prohibit church attendance… or am I missing something?]
Again, is this what America voted for? Here is part of the HR1388 Bill’s wording:
SEC. 1304. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
Section 125 (42 U.S.C. 12575) is amended to read as follows:
SEC. 125. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
(a) Prohibited Activities- A participant in an approved national service position under this subtitle may not engage in the following activities:
(1) Attempting to influence legislation. [Huh?]
(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts, or strikes. [Huh? Is the 1st amendment suspended for these young people who chose to receive school loans?]
(7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.
(10) Such other activities as the Corporation may prohibit. [Such as… what?]
I remember during the presidential campaign, then candidate Obama mentioned during a campaign stop something about a domestic national security force which would have the same budget as the military.
I dunno… is something not quite right here?
I’m just askin’
But what I am not asking for is a bunch of knuckle-heads to leap in with weird comments. If you are going to say something, make it substantive. Otherwise, I can use this entry to clear out some of the dead wood, if you get my drift.
In other words, I think this could be an important issue to discuss, but if you get strange and increase my work, I will cut your comments and ban you.