Return of the Texas Taliban: Schoolbooks Are Anti-Christian
Here we go again with the Republican religious fanatics of the Texas State Board of Education. Led by young earth creationist Don McLeroy, now they’re jumping on the anti-Muslim bandwagon and working themselves up into another frenzy of outrageous outrage over world history books that aren’t even being used any more: Texas Board of Ed: Textbooks Are Anti-Christian.
(CBS/AP) Texas’ State Board of Education - following a long history of throwing itself into “culture war” issues - is set to vote Friday on a resolution calling on textbook publishers to limit what they print about Islam in world history books.
The resolution cites world history books no longer used in Texas schools that it says devoted more lines of text to Islamic beliefs and practices than Christian beliefs and practices.
“Diverse reviewers have repeatedly documented gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions in social studies texts,” reads a draft of the resolution, which would not be binding on future boards that will choose the state’s next generation of social studies texts.
Why is it a public school board’s business to defend Christianity? Oh, that’s right, it’s the Texas BOE — the most outright un-Constitutional school board in the country.
The truly ridiculous part of this latest outbreak of whiny fundamentalist victimhood:
Board member Pat Hardy, R-Fort Worth, suggested the issue may be moot because none of the books cited by Rives still are being used in Texas, having been replaced in 2003, and said Rives “might want to go back and get newer copies of the books.”
That’s right — they’re freaking out about books that haven’t been used for seven years.
But that doesn’t stop creationist dentist McLeroy, of course.
“The biggest problem I saw was their overreach not to be ‘ethnocentric,”’ McLeroy said of an Advanced Placement world history book approved in 2003 and still in use. “It’s a very, very, very, very biased book. Christianity didn’t even make it in the table of contents.”
McLeroy is one of the most outspoken of a group of board members who have pushed several conservative requirements for social study textbooks used in Texas, including that teachers cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation’s Founding Fathers.
“It’s that great idea. That radical idea of Judeo-Christianity, that man is created in the image of God. So if you have world history books that downplay Christianity - Judeo-Christianity - and it doesn’t even make it in the table of contents, I think there’s a great concern,” McLeroy said.