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More Trouble In Texas: State School Board (Sigh) Considers Ridiculous Resolution

I really never thought the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) could become any more of a laughing stock than it already is. But I guess I was wrong.

Next week, the SBOE will consider a resolution that criticizes publishers for supposedly promoting anti-Christian/pro-Islamic bias in world history textbooks. Read more

Lone Star Scrape: State School Board Approves Bogus Social Studies Curriculum

We knew things weren’t going to turn out well in Texas once we heard Cynthia Dunbar’s invocation on Friday morning.

Before the Texas State Board of Education voted on the controversial social studies curriculum, Dunbar prayed for what she hoped students would learn in public schools. Read more

High Noon At The (Not So) OK Corral: Texas Ed. Board Gang Wants To Shoot Down Accurate Social Studies Standards

Texas’ controversial social studies standards face a final vote this week, and it appears that far-right members of the state Board of Education aren’t done trashing them yet. Read more

Lost In Austin: Texas School Board Majority Takes Hard-Right Turn Down Wrong Road

What happens in Texas, unfortunately, may not stay in Texas.

That’s the concern for many religious leaders, historians and civil liberties activists who are appalled at the Texas State Board of Education’s actions last week. The board is currently revising the state’s social studies curriculum and has decided to base the new standards on their personal ideological beliefs instead of real history. Read more

Social Studies Smackdown: Texas Faces Moment Of Truth On Standards

Today, the Texas State Board of Education will debate and discuss what to do about the future of the state's social studies curriculum, before taking the first of two votes on the issue tomorrow.

The Board's discussion will likely incorporate the advice members heard in testimony yesterday from citizens who signed up to speak, all conveying thoughts on what would be best for the students of Texas. Read more

Lone Star Scrape: Texas Hearings On Social Studies Curriculum May Get Heated

The showdown in Texas over religion in the classroom continues this week.

The Texas State Board of Education is holding hearings on the social studies curriculum. And, as we have reported before, what should be a simple discussion based on recommendations from historians has turned into a debate fueled by the Religious Right to push "Christian nation" propaganda.

Leading the way are David Barton and the Rev. Peter Marshall, two well-known Religious Right activists who were selected by the board to sit on the six-member social studies curriculum review panel. Read more

Genesis Of Controversy: Report On Gideons' Bible Distribution Is A Revelation

When I was in college, we could always tell when the relentless western Pennsylvania winter was finally losing its grip by two key events: A roving evangelist would appear on campus and scream at women he thought were immodestly attired, and the Gideons would stand outside the cafeteria and pass out copies of the New Testament.

I didn't mind taking one. After all, I was an adult and it was my choice. But in looking it over, I noticed one thing: The first few pages emphasized the passage John 3:16. Many fundamentalists see this verse as the key to becoming "born again." Read more

History Test: Will Texas – And America – Ace Our Social Studies Final?

The social studies war in Texas continues to rage.

According to today's Houston Chronicle, those reviewing the state's social studies curriculum are deeply divided on what our Founding Fathers intended when it comes to church-state separation. Read more

Defaming Diversity: Pundit Pat Buchanan Is Wrong About America

When I was growing up, "melting pot" was one of the terms we learned in our social studies class.

My textbook told me that America was the perfect example of a "melting pot," which is defined as "a place where a variety of races, cultures, or individuals assimilate into a cohesive whole."

The book explained that in the United States, we are all welcome to practice our own faiths and retain our own cultural beliefs. Diversity is what makes America a better, more interesting place. Read more

Gohmert's Goof: Where Faith And Politics Shouldn't Interact

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) recently appeared at a forum in Texas where he talked about how his personal faith interacts with politics.

Gohmert got off on the wrong track right away.

"This country," he insisted, "is founded on Christian principles by our founding fathers. It's the same principles that have taught all of us tolerance in the political process."

Well, no. Read more

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