What happens in Texas, unfortunately, may not stay in Texas.
That’s the concern for many religious leaders, historians and civil liberties activists who are appalled at the Texas State Board of Education’s actions last week. The board is currently revising the state’s social studies curriculum and has decided to base the new standards on their personal ideological beliefs instead of real history. Read more
Today, the Texas State Board of Education will debate and discuss what to do about the future of the state's social studies curriculum, before taking the first of two votes on the issue tomorrow.
The Board's discussion will likely incorporate the advice members heard in testimony yesterday from citizens who signed up to speak, all conveying thoughts on what would be best for the students of Texas. Read more
The showdown in Texas over religion in the classroom continues this week.
The Texas State Board of Education is holding hearings on the social studies curriculum. And, as we have reported before, what should be a simple discussion based on recommendations from historians has turned into a debate fueled by the Religious Right to push "Christian nation" propaganda.
Leading the way are David Barton and the Rev. Peter Marshall, two well-known Religious Right activists who were selected by the board to sit on the six-member social studies curriculum review panel. Read more
When I was in college, we could always tell when the relentless western Pennsylvania winter was finally losing its grip by two key events: A roving evangelist would appear on campus and scream at women he thought were immodestly attired, and the Gideons would stand outside the cafeteria and pass out copies of the New Testament.
I didn't mind taking one. After all, I was an adult and it was my choice. But in looking it over, I noticed one thing: The first few pages emphasized the passage John 3:16. Many fundamentalists see this verse as the key to becoming "born again." Read more
When I was growing up, "melting pot" was one of the terms we learned in our social studies class.
My textbook told me that America was the perfect example of a "melting pot," which is defined as "a place where a variety of races, cultures, or individuals assimilate into a cohesive whole."
The book explained that in the United States, we are all welcome to practice our own faiths and retain our own cultural beliefs. Diversity is what makes America a better, more interesting place. Read more
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) recently appeared at a forum in Texas where he talked about how his personal faith interacts with politics.
Gohmert got off on the wrong track right away.
"This country," he insisted, "is founded on Christian principles by our founding fathers. It's the same principles that have taught all of us tolerance in the political process."
Well, no. Read more
Generally, when people ask me about my college experience at American University, I am a pretty proud graduate.
I tell some great stories about my favorite professors. I had the opportunity to take a class on juvenile justice taught by a federal judge, a class on gang violence taught by a state prosecutor, a course on modern feminist history taught by a museum curator and a number of classes on public affairs taught by a renowned constitutional scholar (and former National Advisory Council member of Americans United). Read more