Voice of Bart Simpson denies pushing Scientology

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The actress who voices Bart on “The Simp­sons” denied Wednes­day that she’s try­ing to sneak the Church of Scientology’s teach­ings into Illi­nois classrooms.

Nancy Cartwright, a Sci­en­tol­o­gist, tes­ti­fied dur­ing a House Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee hear­ing at the Illi­nois State Capi­tol in — you guessed it — Springfield.

I am not pur­port­ing that the reli­gion of Sci­en­tol­ogy be taught in schools. There is a mis­un­der­stand­ing here,” Cartwright said dur­ing a leg­isla­tive hearing.

The actress has offered the state a character-education pro­gram called “Good Choices,” which she has said is based on Sci­en­tol­ogy founder L. Ron Hubbard’s book The Way to Hap­pi­ness. The pro­gram was among the cur­ric­ula that a House res­o­lu­tion would have encour­aged Illi­nois teach­ers to use to ful­fill a state require­ment to teach char­ac­ter education.

Cartwright opened the dis­cus­sion by speak­ing in Bart Simpson’s voice to pro­mote her program.

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