Texas School Board Member Assails Public Ed. In Book

A member of the Texas Board of Education is under fire for publishing a book that attacks public education as “tyrannical” and a threat to “devout, Bible-believing Christians.”

In One Nation Under God, Cynthia Dunbar, a Republican from Richmond, claims the establishment of public schools is unconstitutional because it threatens the God-given authority of families to instruct their children.

Dunbar, who was elected to the board in 2006 and serves on its Committee on Instruction, compared American society to Nazi Germany just before the Holocaust and insisted that Christian fundamentalists are at risk.

Her book argues that the Founders created a Christian government in the United States and believed officials should be guided by a “biblical litmus test.” She also argues that anyone who wants to govern should “have a sincere knowledge and appreciation for the Word of God.”

The Texas Freedom Network (TFN), a religious liberty watchdog, called on the board chairman to remove Dunbar from the Committee on Instruction.

The board is currently debating whether Texas science curriculum should teach the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution. “Strengths and weaknesses” is considered code language that would open the door for the instruction of creationism.

“A fire chief wouldn’t knowingly hire an arsonist in the department,” said TFN President Kathy Miller. “It’s just as hard to imagine many voters knowingly supporting for the State Board of Education any extremist who despises the public schools nearly everybody’s kids except her own attend.”