Monday, 30 March 2009
The Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act (GIVE)
President Obama has called on Congress to create new opportunities for Americans to build a stronger country by helping students perform better in school, prepare Americans for green and innovative 21st century jobs, rebuild cities in times of disaster, improve communities and much, much more. This legislation answers his call.
On March 18th, the House passed the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act, H.R. 1388 - legislation that launches a new era of service that will give Americans of all ages an opportunity to invest through service in our nation's recovery. The “GIVE” act, would require the US government to develop a plan to implement a “MANDATORY service requirement for all able young people”.
Many Americans are calling this forced unpaid labour (SLAVERY) but the really interesting part is the people and organisations which will be excludued!!!!
SEC. 1304. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE
Section 125 (42 U.S.C. 12575) is amended to
read as follows:
`SEC. 125. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE
`(a) Prohibited Activities- A participant in
an approved national service position under this
subtitle may not engage in the following activities:
....(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
DISCRIMINATION OR WHAT!!!!!!!!!
A concerned American wrote: Do you think our “government” really knows the difference between the words “volunteer” and “mandatory”?
If this bill gets passed, do you think they’ll rename this something like “Obama Youth”?…if we want to follow history that is. This bill would be abusing America’s youth just like Hitler did before and during WWII. Some of the activities being described above are very similar to the Hitler Youth program.
I thought we were supposed to LEARN from history. Is OUR government really willing to take the same path?
Another writes: Have you seen what a person “volunteering under this act would be giving up? They would be giving up the right to vote, the freedom of religion, the freedom to protest, and so many more!
The American people are right to be concerned!!!