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Press Release
September 23, 2015

State Senator Chris Kapenga Endorses Barring A Muslim From Being Elected President While Using Tax Dollars to Support Islamic Religious Schools

One Wisconsin Now Invites Kapenga to Read United States Constitution

MADISON, Wis. — State Senator Chris Kapenga is refusing to comment to the press on his social media post endorsing comments from 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson that a Muslim ought not be elected President and that the Islamic religion is inconsistent with American values and the U.S. Constitution. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted the irony of Kapenga supporting taxpayer funded private school voucher tuition for hundreds of students at Islamic religious schools in Wisconsin while believing the students there should never be allowed to be President.

“What’s more American than the idea that by working hard and playing by the rules any child can grow up to be anything they want, even become President of the United States?” asked Ross. “But in Chris Kapenga’s mind it’s just fine to spend tax dollars for kids to get an Islamic religious education while telling them they should never be allowed to be President.”

The Department of Public Instruction list two schools providing Islamic religious instruction as current participants in the state funded private school voucher program. According to the latest data over 800 students are attending the schools using taxpayer funded vouchers worth up to $7,200 to pay their tuition.

In addition to voting to expand the unaccountable private school voucher program statewide and drain resources directly away from public schools to pay for it, Kapenga fancies himself an expert on the U.S. Constitution. He serves as part of the leadership of an organization that advocates for convening a convention for the purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution.

Ross commented, “Sen. Kapenga should take a break from Twitter and read our nation’s Constitution. He may be surprised to learn there is no religious litmus test for being elected and serving as President.”

One Wisconsin Now had earlier filed a complaint against Kapenga with the Government Accountability Board for possible violations of state ethics laws for for failing to disclose his position as an officer of a corporation on his statement of economic interest and using his state office to receive funds for an out-of-state corporation seeking to rewrite the U.S. Constitution.

He concluded, “And when he’s done with reviewing our constitution he can apologize for his ridiculous position of being willing to spend taxpayer’s money for religious education but telling some kids that their faith means they can’t pursue a dream of being President of the United States.”

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

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