Last month, we learned that Tennessee Republican State Rep. Micah Van Huss (below) wanted to strip a total of $436,722 from the University of Tennessee’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion — which is all the state funding they would get over a few years — and use the money to buy “In God We Trust” decals for law enforcement agencies.
Because why spend money on education when you can use it to promote Christianity?
But the Senate’s version of the bill will contain an important amendment. Instead of using that money to promote religion, the Senate wants it to be “used by the university solely for scholarships to be awarded through the minority engineering scholarship program.”
Given the alternative, I’ll take it. At least one senator is calling this the “least bad” option.
To be sure, this is a problem either way, since government officials shouldn’t be micromanaging a university, telling its leaders how and where to spend its money.
Making things worse, both the House and Senate versions of the bill still say:
State funds shall not be expended by the University of Tennessee to promote the use of gender neutral pronouns, to promote or inhibit the celebration of religious holidays, or to fund or support sex week.
Take that, higher education! So much for your attempts at inclusivity and sex positivity!
So that’s where we’re at. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion gets no money for its programs. But maybe — if the House adopts the Senate’s version of the bill — it’ll be used for scholarships instead of a symbolic government-endorsed promotion of God.
Explain to me again, Tennessee voters, why you want these people in power?
(Thanks to Brian for the link)