Sunday, February 14, 2010

Is the Texas board of education a role model for West Bend's creationist candidates?

Seems pretty obvious.

It also seems pretty obvious that all sorts of people are interested in whether a narrow brand of Christianity should have a say in what public school children are taught.


How Christian Were the Founders?

The Christian “truth” about America’s founding has long been taught in Christian schools, but not beyond. Recently, however — perhaps out of ire at what they see as an aggressive, secular, liberal agenda in Washington and perhaps also because they sense an opening in the battle, a sudden weakness in the lines of the secularists — some activists decided that the time was right to try to reshape the history that children in public schools study. Succeeding at this would help them toward their ultimate goal of reshaping American society. As Cynthia Dunbar, another Christian activist on the Texas board, put it, “The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.”


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For McLeroy, separation of church and state is a myth perpetrated by secular liberals. “There are two basic facts about man,” he said. “He was created in the image of God, and he is fallen. You can’t appreciate the founding of our country without realizing that the founders understood that. For our kids to not know our history, that could kill a society. That’s why to me this is a huge thing.”



Sounds vaguely familiar to me -- and proves that a little education is a dangerous thing.

No wonder folks like Owen and the Common Sense Citizens Cadre want to wreck public education. It makes people better consumers.

7 comments:

Kevin Scheunemann said...

So a narrow band of athiests should control the agenda?

As many as 90% of Americans believe in a divine being.

That issue should not be censored from schooling.

Mpeterson said...

Grin, well, we let a majority pick the President too, so you must believe Obama is the perfect person for the job. :^)

Why would you continually wish to censor Mr. Obama when a majority of Americans obvious believe in him?

Kevin Scheuenmann said...

Not to be too technical, the electoral college picks the president and that does not always result in a majority popular vote.

Who's censoring Obama? He's constantly getting press coverage.

I debate the lack of wisdom in his ideas, but would never imply he should be censored.

Mpeterson said...

Federalist 68?

God, I note, is not mentioned.

Peter Nennig said...

What if 90% wanted separate water fountains (or is it bubbler?) for blacks and whites?

Majority doesn't necessarily rule. There is a constitution that we must abide by. The 1st amendment says that the government can't take preference of one religion over another. If we include creationism in the schools then one of the problems lies in which creation story do we teach?

James Dionne said...

"If we include creationism in the schools then one of the problems lies in which creation story do we teach?"

That sounds like a fun contest. I like the "world on a turtle back" one myself.

MS said...

Kevin Scheunemann said...

So a narrow band of athiests should control the agenda?

As many as 90% of Americans believe in a divine being.


This tells me that you do not understand what evolution is--and what it is not. Many people believe in a Divine being and Evolution.. they are not mutually exclusive. This is a false dichotomy. Evolution deals with life once it is here, ON earth.. it doesn't deal with how life got here. One can still believe that God placed life on Earth, to unfold (evolve) as part of his divine plan. Everyone who believes in evolution is not an atheist.