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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Texas Textbook Massacre: Conservatives Win School Board War

http://open.salon.com/blog/saturn_smith/2010/03/12/texas_textbook_massacre_conservatives_win_school_board_war



Or try about any news source, and read what's there.

The Buzz: After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas School Board on Friday voted to approve a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the role of Christianity in American history and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.

Yep, a party line vote.

And so goes the nation: So, Kansans and Ohioans and New Hampshireans (?), look forward to your eighth grader coming home and asking questions about the religious basis of the American republic -- because, didn't you know, the Founding Fathers pushed for Revolution on the basis of their own Christian beliefs. Well... OK, all of the Founding Fathers except Thomas Jefferson. And Benjamin Franklin. And George Washington. And... you get the picture.

The lack of understanding about the separation of church and state, which is now fairly absent in the US, simply astounds me. I suppose it's all those fine examples we see of the contrary in Africa and the Middle East.

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