- The Washington Times - Friday, January 27, 2012

It is hard to fathom that the United States, despite a $15 trillion deficit, still has so much money in the educational pot that it can offer college scholarships to women from Muslim countries.

That is the way it was stated last month by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in discussing the NeXXt Scholars Initiative. Can you imagine the outcry from the media and the secularists of this nation if Mrs. Clinton had made the same announcement for women of Christian countries? The separation-of-church-and-state hard-liners would be up in arms, but I don’t expect to hear a peep out of them on what Mrs. Clinton announced. Why? Their solicitude is reserved for Muslims, not Christians.

Mrs. Clinton then went on to say that maybe one of the women in the program could be the next Marie Curie. I wonder why the United States didn’t offer scholarships to women from Poland, as the renowned physicist-chemist was from there.

I surmise that Mrs. Clinton doesn’t hold out much hope for the next great scientific mind coming from the United States, or else she wouldn’t feel the need to seek her out from the Muslim world.

I just hope this next Marie Curie doesn’t take her U.S.-scholarship-funded degree back to her Muslim country and put it to use against the country that provided her with a college education. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time our educational facilities trained someone who went on to become an Islamic terrorist.

DAVE DAHLKE

Port Orchard, Wash.