The Texas State Board of Education will be voting on new textbook recommendations on Nov. 21. People for the American Way and Texas Freedom Network are working together to make sure that textbook companies hear from as many Americans as possible before that date in an endeavor to avoid the passing of some outrageous standards in textbooks that will be presented for study in many United States schools…not just Texas schools.
A quote from National Humanities Center, Department of History, University of Delaware, says;
“Most of the Founding Fathers believed that religion would promote public morality, which in turn would strengthen both the republic society and government in the United States. All of them strove to keep religion from becoming the fodder for controversy by affirming that expression of spirituality had a legitimate place in the public square while also upholding what they regarded as a due separation between church and state.”
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In my opinion, the operative words in this quote are “public square.” For some members of the SBOE to support and emphasize that the influence of Moses and the “Judeo-Christian tradition” on our nation’s founding and on Western political traditions should be part of social studies and history textbooks defies the “public square” provision. The formulation of history and social studies textbooks should not be treated as a “public square” issue. In a treaty with the Muslim Barbary States during George Washington’s administration, the following is proclaimed;
“As the government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion, it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, the religion or tranquility of the Mussulmen (Muslims).”
I’m not a religion or history scholar, but I would hope that this treaty applied to all religions.
My point is: Don’t propose that Christian biases be included in our children’s textbooks. Just write history as it is, and leave religion to be written by religious scholars. And be aware that there are political activists and individuals without social studies degrees or teaching experience on the SBOE.
After the disastrous mid-term elections, a strong resolve will be needed from Democrats, Green Party and all the 99 percent supportive activists. Now, our main efforts are to block Republicans’ continued greed legislation. I am sorry, but I do not call denying global climate warming admirable, neither do I call efforts to roll back environmental protection for American citizens a moral high ground.
I am personally disappointed with the Justice Department by using some symbolic fines for curing the wrecking of our economy before and after 2008. The Department made J.P. Morgan Chase pay the largest fine in history, to actually keep Jamie Diamond from talking about the crimes that really took place on the American people. Instead of jailing the criminals in Wall Street, Jamie Diamond was rewarded by Wall Street giving him a $20 million benefit payout. This was a sweeping under the rug of the real devastation and disparity they perpetrated on the American people.
Through the last six years, although the auto industry was saved and a certain recovery in the job market, the overall American individual's incomes and retirements and pensions have not recovered. I just have one question, how does the average American afford a new car, in which the average payments are $500 to $750 a month, for six years? The economic collapse has been long and deep.
Due to the last two years of Congressional Republican's vow to obstruct, I hope the people will encourage the president to veto 99 percent of their legislation, and filibuster everything the very same way they have done Democrats. One good thing, this next two years will allow the Tea Party to show their true colors, and their extremist agenda.
I still believe the right wing politician's efforts stealing from the poor the disabled and elderly, to give to the corporations and the rich, is not a Christian virtue to praise.