It's Time to Mess with Texas

Sunday, March 14, 2010
You would have to be living in a cave to not know what is going on in Texas with text books. Texas is doing its damn best to earn the title of, "Most Fundamental Creationist State". Not only are they white washing their text books by removing such important Americans as Thurgood Marshall and Cesar Chavez, they are also removing the teaching of Enlightenment and Thomas Jefferson from a standard about the influence of great political philosophers on political revolutions.

A few other highlights lowlights:
*There was never such a thing as the separation of church and state.

*"Capitalism" is being replaced by "free-market system" in all books that talk about economics because "free-market system" is warmer and fuzzier because we all know that "capitalism" is great!

*Sen. Joseph McCarthy was right. There were communists in all branches of government so he had a right to bring people before Congress, accuse them of stuff, and cause folks to rat out their neighbors.

*The Japanese Internment wasn't racist because we locked up Germans during World War II as well.

*While the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was the face of the Civil Rights Movement, those violent Black Panthers were there, too. Besides, King and the other African Americans who marched for their rights weren't the main people responsible for the advancements in civil rights. They wouldn't have been able to do anything without the votes of those kind, white Republicans in Congress.

*The students will be taught about the Republican resurgence, the Moral Majority, the Contract With America, and the National Rifle Association.
So what should be done? How do you mess with Texas? There are the traditional methods of letter writing and boycotting both of which are a good start.  But, I think we need to go much further. I think we should ask our respective state's higher education systems to deny credit to students of Texas public schools. California's UC system has already blocked credit for certain courses taken at Christian schools and prevailed in court.

It is time to mess with Texas.
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