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Ill. panel balks at measure linked to Scientology

Not even the voice Bart Simpson could convince Illinois lawmakers to approve a resolution aimed at teaching character in public schools because of its link to the Church of Scientology.

The resolution endorsed "Good Choices" as an example of how to teach morals and values. The program is based on "The Way to Happiness" by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

Actress Nancy Cartwright, a Scientologist who also provides Bart's voice on "The Simpsons," testified Wednesday that the program has "nothing to do with religion."

Opponents contend the Good Choices Program is closely associated with Scientology beliefs and promoting it in schools would violate the separation of church and state.

Democratic Rep. Dan Burke says he'll rewrite the resolution and bring it up again later.

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