New Texas textbooks a bit light on historical facts

"During the 1600s, people from Europe migrated to North America, settling along the Atlantic Coast and inland. The great majority of the colonists were Christians familiar with both the Old and New Testament of the Christian Bible. They brought with them Judeo-Christian values and ideas derived from biblical law. These beliefs made an important contribution to the founding principles and documents of the United States. In the Old Testament, for example, Moses calls for the law to apply equally to all people, even kings, and sets forth rules for a fair trial. The biblical idea of a covenant, an ancient Jewish term meaning a special kind of agreement between people and God, influenced the formation of colonial governments and helped shape the thinking of the men who designed our constitutional structure."

Although many concerned citizens, including Aron and me, testified in protest to certain claims like the theocratic dictator Moses having influenced the American  system of government, Texas students will now learn that, and also about what an exceptional snowflake America is.  It could have been worse had people not stepped in to remind the Texas State Board of Education that American history is not all white, nor all 'Right', but even though they stopped some of the shenanigans some of it st … [Read more...]

Whodathunkit? Moses the actual inspiration for American government

Although climate change denial was removed from textbooks, our school board has stubbornly stuck to it's guns on including Christianity and Judeo-Christian values (Moses specifically) as the inspiration for America's form of government. … [Read more...]

Victory for Science in Texas!

Just when you thought Texans couldn't catch a break down here, finally there is good news to report.  … [Read more...]

Is Texas doomed to another theocratic governor?

"Texas has been red since dinosaurs roamed the state 6,000 years ago. At least that is what the Texas history books say." The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has been filming from Austin, TX. this week.  After, a clip of the stupid ass things that our elected officials do and say, Stewart made the humorous observation that Texas would vote for a drunk guy in a bar hitting on a lesbian.Texas is saying goodbye to Rick Perry, whose "austerity" measures included cutting 5 billion dollars from the … [Read more...]

Colorado students could teach their school board a thing or two about history

Students from seven suburban Denver high schools walked out yesterday to protest changes to history curriculum proposed by the majority conservative Jefferson County school board. We aren't just seeing known culture warriors like the Texas Board of Education attempting to promote American Exceptionalism at the expense of accurate history.So, the comments to the effect of, "Meh, why doesn't Texas just secede?" These comments are missing the point on several levels.What is so … [Read more...]

Texas Textbook hearing Tuesday Sept 15th in Austin

This hearing tomorrow, (Tuesday 2014/09/16) is a general hearing about the social studies textbooks that are up for adoption. Right now, there is a window where publishers can make changes to books prior to the final adoption/rejection that happens at the November SBOE meeting. For this hearing, it's best as a strategy to first try to get changes made by publishers.Even mainstream publishers have included changes which present a right-wing conservative Christian bias and even promote 19th … [Read more...]

Rewriting Texas history books to instill American (Judeo-Christian) Exceptionalism

When I first started studying for the Texas Social Studies Textbook hearings last week to testify with Aron on Tuesday, I expected to find the most egregious historical misrepresentations by non-mainstream publishers like Worldview Software. And of course they didn't fail to disappoint. Here is a quote from a Texas Freedom Network briefing to give you the flavor of the worldview  they are promoting...“The spread of international terrorism is anoutgrowth of Islamic fundamentalism which opp … [Read more...]

Dan Arel’s support is much appreciated. (Thanks for everyone’s support)

Since Aron launched his Patreon, he has been overwhelmed by the by all of the support he has gotten. The support has given him more time for new projects. These are a few of the new things he has been up to in the last 2 months. Like Dan Arel wrote, he has already put 4 podcasts together with his co-host Mark Nebo. This is the latest one with Deb Biennan and Vic Gettman, volunteer Humanist celebrants acting as chaplains at an American Air Force base. They talked about being persistent in … [Read more...]

What really matters…The So-Called Secular Arguments Against Choice

It is often difficult and awkward to move disagreements forward to where they become productive in the insular, organized atheist community. Especially for a family that is as actively involved as the Ra family, because a lot of times we know and like and often respect the people involved on a personal level. And to make matters more awkward so do our other atheists friends. So basically, we all collectively cringed about Dave Silverman's comment to conservatives about abortion rights, because … [Read more...]

Breaking Love and Reproductive Rights Out of the Christian Frame

I have been pleasantly surprised that the youtube comments on my speech on The Heart of Humanism at The Southern California Secular Humanism Conference are mainly addressing the topic.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oJB0bH_1EQEspecially because I addressed how secularists need to examine where their beliefs about love in particular may be influenced by Christian culture such as ideas about purity. I used a rather pointed example by looking at the Secular Pro-Life Movement. Their … [Read more...]


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