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A Wall Street Journal article says there's a big push to bring Christianity into the public classroom.
The Texas Board of Education, which recently approved new science standards that made room for creationist critiques of evolution, is revising the state's social studies curriculum. In early recommendations from outside experts appointed by the board, a divide has opened over how central religious theology should be to the teaching of history.
Three reviewers, appointed by social conservatives, have recommended revamping the K-12 curriculum to emphasize the roles of the Bible, the Christian faith and the civic virtue of religion in the study of American history. Two of them want to remove or de-emphasize references to several historical figures who have become liberal icons, such as César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall.
I'm willing to bet that while they want these history classes to teach of 'the bible's roles' they would never approve teaching the historicity of the bible itself (for more on that see, The God Who Wasn't There
) or the role the bible played in hundreds of witch hunts/burnings
throughout U.S. history or the bible's defense of slavery
or the Bible's promotion of segregation
, should I go on?
Texas, Texans, this is ridiculous. How can you sit there and watch your state be taken over by ideological warriors? They even admit that's what they are:
"We're in an all-out moral and spiritual civil war for the soul of America, and the record of American history is right at the heart of it," said Rev. Peter Marshall, a Christian minister and one of the reviewers appointed by the conservative camp.
Man, there's no war. This is like the 'War on Christmas.' It comes entirely out of whole cloth from people who have no idea what they're talking about but still want to be right. And I don't want children growing up believing this
sort of nonsense.
It's like Superintendent Chalmers says: Prayer has no place in the public schools, just like facts have no place in organized religion.