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Christianity Thomas on 17 May 2010 12:52 am

The insanity of Christians – now they rewrite history to suit their religion

It doesn’t get any more insane than this:

Texas schools board rewrites US history with lessons promoting God and guns

Cynthia Dunbar does not have a high regard for her local schools. She has called them unconstitutional, tyrannical and tools of perversion. The conservative Texas lawyer has even likened sending children to her state’s schools to “throwing them in to the enemy’s flames”. Her hostility runs so deep that she educated her own offspring at home and at private Christian establishments.

Now Dunbar is on the brink of fulfilling a promise to change all that, or at least point Texas schools toward salvation. She is one of a clutch of Christian evangelists and social conservatives who have grasped control of the state’s education board. This week they are expected to force through a new curriculum that is likely to shift what millions of American schoolchildren far beyond Texas learn about their history.

What are they changing? Among other things:

Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the “significant contributions” of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war.

The new curriculum asserts that “the right to keep and bear arms” is an important element of a democratic society. Study of Sir Isaac Newton is dropped in favour of examining scientific advances through military technology.

There is also a suggestion that the anti-communist witch-hunt by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s may have been justified.

The education board has dropped references to the slave trade in favour of calling it the more innocuous “Atlantic triangular trade”, and recasts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as driven by Islamic fundamentalism.

And of course evolution goes by the wayside.

How do we know it is insane? Because if the school board was run by Muslims, the curriculum would be radically different from the Christian view. But if The school board was run by professional historians and professional biologists – that is, if we chose professionals who are free from bias and trained as experts in their fields – the curriculum would be unchanged.

7 Responses to “The insanity of Christians – now they rewrite history to suit their religion”

  1. on 17 May 2010 at 5:46 pm 1.Xenon said …

    It is encouraging to see a group putting the truth back into our history. Jefferson, not even on the Constitutional congress, held up as the author of the famous “Wall” that does not exist in the Constitution. Maybe the reality of our history, truth in evolution and our Judeo-Christian heritage can now be brought to the forefront.

  2. on 17 May 2010 at 7:33 pm 2.Biff said …

    They may finally teach the weaknesses of natural selection rather than teaching it as fact.

  3. on 17 May 2010 at 10:45 pm 3.godisamythdealwithit said …

    To posters #1 and #2: You are both idiots. That’s all I have to say. I could try arguing with reason and facts, but it’s pointless. Christians don’t believe in those things if they get in the way of their delusion.

  4. on 17 May 2010 at 11:05 pm 4.Biff said …

    Wow #3. Great insight. Thanks!

  5. on 18 May 2010 at 12:15 am 5.Anonymous said …

    That is ridiculous.
    What is wrong with it right now?

  6. on 18 May 2010 at 3:29 am 6.Observer said …

    Inert Windbag, and the apropos “Biff” you pathetic loser tools- Try reading something where you might actually learn versus something as insipid and dead-end as the Bible.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/18/science/18fossil.html?hpw

    Something just occurred to me, if I were running this site, it could be helpful to create idiot characters such as Xenon, Biff et al. to make the point against Christianity. They are so transparently idiotic anything contrary to their points of view should seem to anyone with a semblance of intelligence correct. It is probably not the case, as the person doing this blog would likely not have time to create such moronic characters, but nevertheless, it is a possibility.

  7. on 29 Nov 2010 at 10:49 pm 7.MYSELF said …

    So…then what are the weaknesses of natural selection? Ya know it’s not always the most adapted but the luckiest. By this logic ya know that it happens to a lot of humans too right? Oftentimes the lucky people are the ones that succeed too! Luck and hard work. I just don’t understand what is so weak about luck…

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