The invocation prayer for the Texas Board of Education by Cynthia Dunbar says it all…and no, you are not watching the beginning of a church service, it just sounds like it!
Many have fought this decision by Texas Christian Dominionist politicians for not just the last heated months, but for years – and we have lost this battle. They passed the changes to our public education textbooks that will skew America’s history for children over the next decade. They not only inserted their “Christian nation” rhetoric, but their neoconservative “patriotic” propaganda as well. They have now created a revisionist history text that reflects the ignorance and indoctrinated misinformation of the Christian Dominionist Tea Party demographic.
I was asked last night by friends of mine…”How did it get this bad? How did we let this happen?” In a word…RACISM. The dominionists have been pushing and fighting for years to “christianize” our history books…just read up on David Barton, who was very much behind this coup. But it took a climate such as the one we are experiencing in the United States in the aftermath of an African-American President elected to serve as our leader to give these zealots the victory they have been seeking for so long.
I don’t care how many ways racism is denied as a factor. Really I don’t. Because it is at the root of all this fanaticism. Racism in the name of God, no less. They are re-writing slavery as merely a trade triangle and insultingly stating that the slaves were lucky. They have omitted the Alamo and American-Mexican history. They have made some of the most outrageous changes, a few of which are listed below…
• Struck the word “democratic” in references to the form of U.S. government and replaced it with “constitutional republic.”
• Added references to “laws of nature and nature’s God” in lessons about major political ideas.
• Rejected lessons about why the United States was founded on the principle of religious freedom.
• Removed most references to “capitalism,” “capitalist” and “free market,” because conservatives said they had a “negative connotation.” Instead, “free enterprise” will be used when referring to the U.S. economic system.
For an in depth list visit the web site for the Texas Freedom Network and read this article that they have aptly named the Texas “List of Shame”.
The work that TFN does on all our behalves is tireless and crucially important. Even though Education Secretary Arne Duncan came out with a statement down playing the effects of this decision by the Texas Dominionist politicians as it relates to the country as a whole, don’t relax your concerns. This is a prime example of the insertion of the Christian Dominionist Mandate referred to on this blog numerous times – The 7 Mountains Mandate. Revisit the video on the right side bar to view their own sales promo of just what that Mandate entails.
Education is one of the most coveted mountains on this roster…and are bringing a whole new meaning to “No Child Left Behind”!
Bring on that Rapture…it cannot happen soon enough!