But it is for the children...

By S. Michael Houdmann, Got Questions Ministries

I don't know if the same thing is happening in the state, province, or country where you live, but here in Colorado, USA, I am getting really sick of people using "but it is for the children" as justification for legalizing something that is currently illegal so that it can be taxed and the money given to the school system. The latest is a dog racing track that wants to become a casino, and with the taxes on its increased revenue, will help fund the public school system.

Wait a second. I thought the Colorado mining towns that were transformed into casino towns were going to fund education. Don't we already tax the proceeds from lottery tickets, Lotto, Powerball, and Mega Millions and use that to fund education? Didn't Colorado recently legalize recreational marijuana so that it could be taxed and the money used to fund education? And if all of these tens of millions of dollars are being used to fund education, why do I still have to pay property tax, which is supposedly used to fund education? And, why do I keep having to vote against an increase in property tax in every election?

Ok, enough of me whining about why the education system needs so much money. That is not the point of this post.

Essentially what people are trying to tell us is that if the money is used for something good, it shouldn't matter where we get it from. It is for the children after all. If that is the case, why don't we just go ahead and legalize illicit drugs and prostitution, and then tax the snot out of it? Just think about how nice the schools would be! Thankfully, legalized crack cocaine and prostitution are not on the ballot this November. Evidently Colorado politicians are satisfied, for now, with creating thousands of stoned gambling addicts. No need to introduce any other sin taxes quite yet.

If these people really cared about the children, one would think they would be concerned about children being raised by perpetually stoned parents. How many children have their lives ruined, or nearly ruined, by gambling addicted parents? How many children are seriously harmed by things from which the proceeds are supposedly used to help children?

How many children would gladly trade their new school building and newer textbooks for a parent or caretaker who wasn't stoned and/or hadn't just lost all the grocery money at the casino?

But it is for the children…
Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. (Luke 17:12)

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Published 9-29-14