Congress Passes Mandatory Public Service Act; Participants Forbidden From Attending Church While Serving

On 09 March the House passed H.R. 1388; and on 26 March the Senate passed it as well. H.R. 1388, Officially title the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act, or GIVE Act, is being referred to by many as the Mandatory Public Service Act.

Students graduating high school will be required to register; but can delay their registration by attending college. Mandatory or volunteer participation will be based on the household income of the parents of the registering student. Those under an income line will be required to serve; those over the income line can choose to volunteer. During their time of service participants will be forbidden from going to church or participating in any church activities.

You've been VOLUNTOLD!!

Hopefully most of you have guessed by now that with was satire for April Fool's. But get this! Emails with the same or similar details have been circulating on the internet for the last few months; people sure-as-shit that Obama is about to start enforcing a mandatory service, and not allow their kids to go to church while serving.

H.R. 1388 is a real bill; title the "Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education (GIVE) Act" in the House, and the "Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act" in the Senate; and was passed on March 9th and 26th respectively.

It calls for giving students who complete an approved full-time national service job an "educational award having a value equal to the maximum amount of a Federal Pell Grant." AmeriCorps says this would increase the amount its members receive upon completion of service from $4,725 to $5,350, which they can use to pay for school or pay back student loans. - So this was one of the thing Obama talked about on the campaign trail.

To read some more about people gullibility and to learn more about H.R. 1388, check here.

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Comment by Morgan Matthew on April 1, 2009 at 2:34pm
hahaha "You've been VOLUNTOLD!!"
Comment by Johnny on April 1, 2009 at 3:51pm
Yea, that was a phrase I learned in the Army.
Comment by SabreNation on April 1, 2009 at 3:58pm
Actually the bogus idea that's being passed around via e-mail wouldn't be a totally new idea either. In my high school in order to graduate students were required to complete 15 hours of community service. Anyone who didn't do so was not allowed to graduate. I was always a big fan of the idea myself, even though I was unsure the legality of it. No one is so busy they can't dedicate 15 hours over 4 years to helping out the community.
Comment by Johnny on April 1, 2009 at 4:03pm
Yea Sabre, my high school was 25 hours. When I was a freshman though, someone boycotted it and gave the school some kickback. It must not have been legal, or at least not worth the fight; because they changed it. If you submitted 25 hours you got a silver seal embossed on your diploma, 50 hours was a gold seal; none got just the stamped seal.


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