Texas Taliban Pass Silly Anti-Islam Resolution
Yesterday we noted the Texas State Board of Education’s latest obsession: a resolution to limit what textbooks can print about Islam, based on out of context selections from books that haven’t been used for seven years. The Republican creationists and fanatics on the board have decided it’s their job to defend Christianity, by making sure there’s more Jesus and less Mohammed in everybody’s kids’ schoolbooks.
Well, the SBOE has embarrassed Texas again and passed that stupid resolution.
Today the Texas State Board of Education voted 7-6 to adopt a resolution attacking Islam and calling on publishers to stop writing what the resolution falsely claims are social studies textbooks with an anti-Christan/pro-Islamic bias. Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is releasing the following statement:
“Board members rejected numerous opportunities today to pass a resolution that called on publishers to treat all religions with balance and accuracy in their textbooks. It is hard not to conclude that the members who voted for this resolution were solely interested in playing on fear and bigotry in order to pit Christians against Muslims.
This is the 21st century. Education is more important than ever for the future success of our children. Yet board members continue to ignore sound scholarship and mire themselves in every hot button political issue they can find. They simply refuse to put the education of Texas schoolchildren ahead of personal and political agendas.”