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    Filed at 4:59 am under by dcobranchi

    PAIGE UPDATE EdSec Paige continues to take shots for for comments about Christianity in the schools. Yesterday he attempted to “clarify” his remarks:

    “I understand completely and respect the separation of church and state,” Paige said at a hastily called news conference.

    ..Paige, former superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, said his comments were taken out of context because he was referring to universities and not public elementary and secondary schools.

    Sorry- I’m not buying it. Here’s the original (out-of-context) quote:

    All things equal, I would prefer to have a child in a school that has a strong appreciation for the values of the Christian community, where a child is taught to have a strong faith… The reason that Christian schools and Christian universities are growing is a result of a strong value system. In a religious environment the value system is set. That’s not the case in a public school where there are so many different kids with different kinds of values.

    Does this sound like he’s talking about students at a university? And it’s not like the Southern Baptist Press would have been a hostile interview. Nope. Paige pulled a Lott. He opened his mouth without fully engaging his brain and told his audience what they wanted to hear. Unfortunately, as EdSec, the audience is a lot larger than the Southern Baptist Convention. The days of a politician getting away with this are long past. The ‘net assures that.

    My prediction- we’ll see one or two more clarifying press conferences with perhaps a couple of apologies thrown in before this one dies away. I don’t think Paige will lose his job over the issue but if he continues to follow the Trent Lott model of damage control, he very well might.

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