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Home schoolers beat back what amounted to a Democratic filibuster today in the House and rammed through legislation to force the evil secular humanists to accept their diplomas. We didn't keep track of how long this debate dragged on, but the chair of the Capitol Hill Press Corps has just now officially ruled it was "a long-ass time."
Home schoolers are upset because certain state and local government agencies won't accept their diplomas when they try to apply for jobs. Their bill, which passed the House on a 61-27 vote, requires these agencies to give the diplomas the same weight as ones from public schools.
Democrats pointed out that, under the law allowing home schooling, parents aren't required to disclose exactly what they're teaching their kids. Basically, your mom could read you a few bible stories and then write up your diploma with a crayon on a napkin.
Rep. John Litz, D-Morristown, said recognizing these diplomas is like giving people driver's licenses without making them take a driving test.
"They want hands-off government," Rep. Mike Turner, D-Old Hickory, said. "Now they're saying, 'We want you to recognize this, but we still don't want to tell you what we're doing.'"
"It's beyond comprehension," Rep. Les Winningham, D-Huntsville, said. "It's a problem created at their urging because they don't want government supervising them."
The Senate already has passed this bill unanimously, so now it's going to the governor.