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Monday, February 15

Texas at the forefront of culture wars.

Today's informative read is How Christian Were the Founders? from the NY Times Sunday magazine.

The culture wars wage on in Texas as their social studies text book content is being debated. It is being argued that the US was founded on christian principals. Some people believe that a radical liberal secular agenda has threatened the very core of American values. The US constitution is being debated, especially what the separation of church and state means. Talk about a political agenda... there are powerful people trying to dumb down Texans in the name of Gawd. (When our country was founded, wasn't Texas part of Mexico? I wonder if they'll include that in their revised history.)

We'd have to rescind the rights of women and non-whites if people want to go back in time to the original values set forth by the founding fathers. I'd like to see that happen. Are we going to bring back slavery? Who pray-tell is going to define which historical figures are christian enough to be included in the curriculum? They are arguing that point now.

Exactly which sect of christian religion would take precedence? The early settlers came to America to avoid religious persecution. They were mostly christians who had very different notions of what it is to be christian... much like there is today. Now the Texas state board wants to shove a particular brand of christianity down peoples throats! The founding fathers made it clear that they did not want there to be a state religion. They knew that a state sponsored religion would incite wars. That's exactly what would happen today.

Don McLeroy is is on the Texas board and is up for re-election in March. His candidacy is making waves. And rightly so.
“I consider myself a Christian fundamentalist,” he announced almost as soon as we sat down. He also identifies himself as a young-earth creationist who believes that the earth was created in six days, as the book of Genesis has it, less than 10,000 years ago. He went on to explain how his Christian perspective both governs his work on the state board and guides him in the current effort to adjust American-history textbooks to highlight the role of Christianity. “Textbooks are mostly the product of the liberal establishment, and they’re written with the idea that our religion and our liberty are in conflict,” he said. “But Christianity has had a deep impact on our system. The men who wrote the Constitution were Christians who knew the Bible. Our idea of individual rights comes from the Bible. The Western development of the free-market system owes a lot to biblical principles.

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.”
So basically, McLeroy wants a theocracy. That's what wars fought over. He claims to have read a lot of history books... I guess he missed that part. The scary thing is that the dumbest, most ignorant sect of christianity is at the forefront of the religious revival.

Stay tuned to Texas.

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