Texas Board Of Education: Forcing Conservative and Christian Ideology Down Our Children’s Throats!

Posted: May 22, 2010 in Political Commentary, The Blog!

I love this country. It stands for freedom, giving people with the smallest of odds a chance to succeed. However, sometimes I look around and I really wonder what is going on in this great country. I wonder what the motives are of the people are on top. Whether it is the biggest men and women on top in congress or the one’s sitting on a school board in Texas. That is what caught my eye. Today, the Texas Board of Education voted 9-5 in favor of a brand new social studies and history curriculum that heavily waters down the teachings of the civil rights movement, America’s relationship with the U.N. , changing the name of the “slave trade” to the “Atlantic Triangular Trade” and has minimized Thomas Jefferson’s role in American history because of his belief in the separation of church and state among hundreds of others.
O.K let’s just look at the above issues that they have changed so we have some type of focus. The civil rights struggle that went on for hundreds of years and honestly can still be seen, in a smaller way of course, today. The Texas Board of Education is primarily white conservative Christians. They are trying to re-write history here because it was the white conservatives who were the primary cause of the civil rights struggle and movement that went on in this country. I don’t want to make this a left right issue because we know there were democrats involved as well. From owning African Americans and trading them as slaves to forcing them to sit in the back of buses and baring them from restaurants and stores the root of the problem is the white man. I’m not a trader, I’m a white man, but history is history and we have to be honest here. The white southern conservative was the issue and obviously still is. In another way to water down civil rights the board has decided to change the term “slave trade” to “Atlantic Triangular Trade” in a sorry attempt to diminish the absolute atrocity of slavery in general. These people are trying to re-write history and minimize their parties and race’s mistakes. To just throw out this part of history is not just a political stand it is just plan wrong and a land mark moment in our countries history that should not be made light of.
Another issue that is getting at me is that of Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson was one of this countries founding fathers and the board is trying to write him out of history and force in Christian values and ideology. This is a big issue. You can talk about religious history and where it has it’s place. You want to teach about the Crusades were in over a 300 year period, Christian Europeans waged a holy war against Muslims, Pagans, Jews and many others in a sorry attempt to take back the “holy land”, go for it. Want to talk about the Spanish Inquisition, were Queen Isabella I and the Catholic Monarch wanted to convert non Christians in Spain to Christianity and all that did not comply would be put to death and many burnt at the stake. Those issues I’m sure will be watered down if not completely dismissed in the Texas history books. Thomas Jefferson as well as almost all of our founding fathers were not Christians, in fact they were against organized religion. This misconception of our founding fathers being these great religious Christians is way off. You can not force these beliefs into the minds of children who just want to go to school learn about real history and not a history that is dumbed down to fit the conservative ideology. There is a reason that we have separation of church and state and that is so certain beliefs don’t get mixed into a public establishment that is being attended by people with multiple beliefs. What’s next? Forcing evolution and actual facts and evidence out of the science department in return teaching stories of woman being created out of rib, a man living in a fish for 3 days, men living for 900 years and another man creating a boat 450 feet and somehow fitting 2 of every species in that boat (which is physically impossible). Below are a few well documented quotes from our founding fathers and other presidents about the topic of religion.

“Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.” Thomas Jefferson

“History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose.”Thomas Jefferson

“They [preachers] dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live.” Thomas Jefferson

“I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.”Thomas Jefferson

“If we look back into history for the character of the present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practiced it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England blamed persecution in the Romish Church, but practiced it upon the Puritans. They found it wrong in Bishops, but fell into the practice themselves both here (England) and in New England.” Ben Franklin

“Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.”Ben Franklin

“Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”James Madison

“The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my profession.”- Abraham Lincoln

“This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.” John Adams

“The study of theology, as it stands in the Christian churches, is the study of nothing; it is founded on nothing; it rests on no principles; it proceeds by no authority; it has no data; it can demonstrate nothing; and it admits of no conclusion.”Thomas Paine

“Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause. Of all the animosities which have existed among mankind, those which are caused by the difference of sentiments in religion appear to be the most inveterate and distressing, and ought most to be depreciated. I was in hopes that the enlightened and liberal policy, which has marked the present age, would at least have reconciled Christians of every denomination so far that we should never again see the religious disputes carried to such a pitch as to endanger the peace of society.”George Washington

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Comments
  1. dori says:

    christo-facists have been attempting to rewrite history for quite some time…..this group, which unfortunately outnumbers and outpolls us freethinkers represents the quintessential “tyranny of the majority”. Ironically, the Bill of Rights was enacted specifically to prevent such tyrannies……”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…..”. Unfortunately we are living in a “fact-free” environment. Christo-facists have no facts on their side, that’s why they’re rewriting history – so they can have some! Here’s a great quote from the late great Carl Sagan, scientist extraordinaire: “I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into sup…erstition and darkness….”

  2. Eric says:

    “Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.” – Ben Franklin

    Lol Franklin is my favorite founding father. This is what happens when Extremists (not Paul Heyman) take over the GOP and when the party is ran by radio show hosts and cable news show hosts.

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