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September 19th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

Texas education board mulls banning ‘pro-Islamic’ history books

A new front in the Texas textbook wars may soon erupt.

The Texas Board of Education is considering targeting history textbooks that promote a “pro-Islamic, anti-Christian” point of view, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The board, which overhauled the state's history and social studies curriculum in May to reflect conservative values, will examine a resolution next week that would warn publishers not to “push a pro-Islamic, anti-Christian viewpoint” in world history textbooks, the newspaper reported.

Conservative board members requested the resolution after a candidate for a board seat warned them that “Middle Easterners” are buying textbook publishing companies.


Terrence Stutz of The Dallas Morning News reported:

A preliminary draft of the resolution states that "diverse reviewers have repeatedly documented gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions in social studies texts" across the U.S. and that past social studies textbooks in Texas also have been "tainted" with pro-Islamic, anti-Christian views.

In May, The Texas board’s conservative bloc, overhauled its existing social studies and history curriculum to reflect conservative contributions to U.S. history.

Among the approved amendments, according to the Texas Education Agency: discussions of the "solvency of long term entitlements, such as Social Security and Medicare"; and an examination of why "the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America" and guaranteed its free exercise.

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Church and state • Culture wars • Education • Fundamentalism • Islam

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  1. america

    Wake up,muslims are buying publishing firms.im going to read my child books from school.religion should not be in school books.it should be left to the parent to decide not a school.second muslims own CNN,fox news,mbsn,yahoo and etc,they own half of NY and CA,oil makes so much money the middleeast loans money to usa gov.china and middle we owe trillions.do your research

    September 20, 2010 at 7:08 am |
    • That's funny

      It's true that some wealthy muslims own large shares in these corporations, but it seems like their money isn't getting them any influence. Seems like they're painted in all shades of black by the media lately.

      September 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  2. Texas? Again?

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    September 20, 2010 at 6:49 am |
    • Frogist

      @Texas? Again?: LOL!! Holy crap! That is awesome and exactly how I feel!

      September 20, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  3. um-ah

    They were just mulling it over eh? And letting everyone know about it eh?

    Don't they call em Mullahs or something like that? Those Islamic whackos?
    Well, let's tell em we've got some of that here already then.

    September 20, 2010 at 5:41 am |
  4. Reality

    For complete disclosure, all history books should have the following listed on the first three pages:(for new members only)

    1. origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc–ument.

    .
    2. Jesus was an illiterate Jewish peasant/carpenter/simple preacher man who suffered from hallucinations and who has been characterized anywhere from the Messiah from Nazareth to a mythical character from mythical Nazareth to a mamzer from Nazareth (Professor Bruce Chilton, in his book Rabbi Jesus). Analyses of Jesus’ life by many contemporary NT scholars (e.g. Professors Crossan, Borg and Fredriksen) via the NT and related doc-uments have concluded that only about 30% of Jesus' sayings and ways noted in the NT were authentic. The rest being embellishments (e.g. miracles)/hallucinations made/had by the NT authors to impress various Christian, Jewish and Pagan sects.

    The 30% of the NT that is "authentic Jesus" like everything in life was borrowed/plagiarized and/or improved from those who came before. In Jesus' case, it was the ways and sayings of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Hit-ti-tes, Canaanites, OT, John the Baptizer and possibly the ways and sayings of traveling Greek Cynics.

    earlychristianwritings.com/theories.html

    Current problems:

    Pedo-ph-iliac priests, an all-male, mostly white hierarchy, atonement theology and original sin!!!!

    3. Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immaculate conceptions).

    Current problems:

    Adulterous preachers, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals and atonement theology,

    4. Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the massacre in Mumbai, the assassinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:

    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    5. Hinduism (from an online Hindu site) – "Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’."

    The caste/laborer system, reincarnation and cow worship/reverence are problems when saying a fair and rational God founded Hinduism.

    Current crises:

    The caste system and cow worship/reverence.

    6. Buddhism- "Buddhism began in India about 500 years before the birth of Jesus. The people living at that time had become disillusioned with certain beliefs of Hinduism including the caste system, which had grown extremely complex. The number of outcasts (those who did not belong to any particular caste) was continuing to grow."

    "However, in Buddhism, like so many other religions, fanciful stories arose concerning events in the life of the founder, Siddhartha Gautama (fifth century B.C.):"

    Archaeological discoveries have proved, beyond a doubt, his historical character, but apart from the legends we know very little about the circ-umstances of his life. e.g. Buddha by one legend was supposedly talking when he came out of his mother's womb.

    Bottom line: There are many good ways of living but be aware of the hallucinations, embellishments, lies, and myths surrounding the founders and foundations of said rules of life.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:45 am |
  5. Iqbal khan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wm3sZfPwv1g&feature=related

    September 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  6. Muneef

    A Beautiful story about QURAN.
    Why do we read Quran, even if we can't understand a single Arabic word???
    *An old American Muslim lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Quran. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.
    One day the grandson asked, "Grandpa! I try to read the Quran just like you but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Qur'an do?"
    The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied, "Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.
    The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, "You'll have to move a little faster next time," and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.
    The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You're just aganot trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch the boy try in.
    At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got back to the house. The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, "See Grandpa, it's useless!"
    "So you think it is useless?" The old man said, "Look at the basket."
    The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.
    Son, that's what happens when you read the Qur'an . You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be changed, inside and out when you read time by time . That is the work of Allah in our lives.."
    The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh & his family) says: *"The one who guides to good will be rewarded equally"

    September 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
    • 1089

      first time i heard this story, it was a christian family reading a bible. Good story, though

      September 24, 2010 at 12:19 am |
  7. David Johnson

    There are two more references, but I will stop with this one more:

    T itus 2:9-10,15 (NRSV)
    Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to talk back, not to pilfer, but to show complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior. … Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one look down on you.

    September 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  8. David Johnson

    Or maybe this new testament Jewel:

    1 Timothy 6:1-5 (NRSV)
    Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be blasphemed.

    September 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
    • 1089

      "worthy of honor" only refers to how all human beings are worthy of honor, meaning that slaves should love all people, including their masters, in a way that reflects what jesus taught them, namely, to love all people, including their enemies.

      September 24, 2010 at 12:17 am |
  9. Iqbal khan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQOTz5tcYUU

    September 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  10. Ferdinand of Aragon

    Iqbal; was Muhamad a prophet or militant politician??

    September 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
    • Iqbal khan

      Dear Aragon, please check:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IXxFut2LLI&NR=1

      September 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • Iqbal khan

      Dear Aragon, please check:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IXxFut2LLI&NR=1

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzPbS0RCvBE&p=9CE849FD94FBBB62&index=37

      September 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
    • GalapagosPete

      Ferdinand, Can you refute David Johnson's evidence that Christianity promotes slavery?

      September 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
  11. Iqbal khan

    Also check
    Islam Cracks The Code – Da Vinci
    First it was the Da Vinci Code controversy – It was everywhere! Dan Brown's book said Jesus in not divine or God, and the gospels as we know them, ...
    http://www.islamcode.com/ – Cached – Similar

    September 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  12. Iqbal khan

    check what Islam is
    http://www.911Bible.com

    September 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  13. Ferdinand of Aragon

    David johnsoh; From the quotations above, you seem not to know the Bible and are probably a muslim. Christianity is not defined by the Old testament but the New Testament and after all you are taking issues out of context. Christianity never promotes slavery like islam. Islam allows it and Muhamad even owned them apart from being a mass murderer who fought 13 wars. The last two things he did before he died were (1) Cursing Jews and (2) freed his slaves (coz he was guilty conscious). Do not forget that he also "married" a 6 years old child (Aysha).

    September 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
    • David Johnson

      I'm just a curious person. I can tell you are a scholar of the bible.
      I was dusting my bookshelf and the bible happened to fall off the shelf, and opened to these New Testament passage:

      Ephesians 6:5-9 (NRSV)
      Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free. And, masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality

      September 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Or a similar New Testament passage:

      Colossians 3:22-25 (NRSV)
      Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only while being watched and in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong has been done, and there is no partiality.

      September 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Ferdinand of Aragon

      I'm just a curious person. I can tell you are a scholar of the bible.
      I was dusting my bookshelf and the bible happened to fall off the shelf, and opened to these New Testament passage:

      Ephesians 6:5-9 (NRSV)
      Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free. And, masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality.

      Colossians 3:22-25 (NRSV)
      Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only while being watched and in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong has been done, and there is no partiality.

      1 Timothy 6:1-5 (NRSV)
      Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be blasphemed.

      T itus 2:9-10,15 (NRSV)
      Tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect; they are not to talk back, not to pilfer, but to show complete and perfect fidelity, so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior. … Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one look down on you.

      1 Peter 2:15-20 (NRSV)
      For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
      Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh. For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval.

      1 Peter 2:21-25 (NRSV)
      For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

      I thought you said the New Testament didn't promote slavery?

      I would have expected someone to say that owning another person is wrong.

      How can you worship a god who does not condemn slavery?

      Please excuse multiple posts. I had a lot of trouble with the filters.

      September 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
    • David Johnson

      You didn't answer me about god not wanting defective people to come close to Him. – Leviticus 17 – 23

      Does he not like the handicapped?

      Do the handicapped creep god out?

      Is that why an amputee never gets a new limb, 'cause god gets the heebie-jeebies?

      September 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
    • Critter

      @David Johnson

      Those would be the HOLY heebie-jeebies...LOL

      September 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
    • GalapagosPete

      Ferdinand says, "Christianity never promotes slavery like islam. [sic]"

      Whether it promotes it *like* Islam is not the point. Christianity, the New Testament, obviously promotes slavery. Do you actually have a response to this? If not, we must assume you are wrong, that you know you're wrong, but haven't the character to admit that you're wrong.

      September 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @GalapagosPete
      Ferdinand says, "Christianity never promotes slavery like islam. [sic]"

      You said, "Whether it promotes it *like* Islam is not the point. Christianity, the New Testament, obviously promotes slavery. Do you actually have a response to this? If not, we must assume you are wrong, that you know you're wrong, but haven't the character to admit that you're wrong."

      Thank you for calling Ferdinand on this. He obviously won't admit he was wrong. Cheers!

      September 20, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
    • truthywood

      Luke 19:27 – Bring all disbelievers in front of me and kill them.

      See how peaceful are new testaments.

      September 23, 2010 at 10:56 am |
    • 1089

      ONCE AND FOR ALL, LUKE 19:27 IS FROM A PARABLE (STORY) ABOUT A KING, AND DOES NOT REFLECT THE OPINIONS AND/OR DESIRES OF JESUS!!!!

      Yeesh. Did he have to put out a disclaimer after each of his parables: "The following verses are meant to be read as a whole, and should not be taken out of context"??

      September 24, 2010 at 12:08 am |
    • 1089

      @ David Johnson

      All of those quotes you bring up are only to encourage slaves of the time (promoted and kept by Romans, not Christians) to serve their masters selflessly and lovingly, in such a way so as to promote Christian love. None of these verses say "ALL CHRISTIANS MUST KEEP SLAVES" or something along those lines. they only tell existing slaves to serve their masters in a loving way. I don't see anything wrong with that, do you?

      September 24, 2010 at 12:14 am |
  14. Iqbal khan

    To those who say Quran preaches violence, check:

    o Dee
    If I was ignorant like yourself I would say so does Christianity...
    1) In Leviticus 25:44-46, the Lord tells the Israelites it’s OK to own slaves, provided they are strangers or heathens.
    2) In Samuel 15:2-3, the Lord orders Saul to kill all the Amalekite men, women and infants.
    3) In Exodus 15:3, the Bible tells us the Lord is a man of war.
    4) In Numbers 31, the Lord tells Moses to kill all the Midianites, sparing only the virgins.
    5) In Deuteronomy 13:6-16, the Lord instructs Israel to kill anyone who worships a different god or who worships the Lord differently.
    6) In Mark 7:9, Jesus is critical of the Jews for not killing their disobedient children as prescribed by Old Testament law.
    7) In Luke 19:22-27, Jesus orders killed anyone who refuses to be ruled by him.
    BUT I DON'T.|

    September 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
    • plants

      Yea, but people in the christian world ignore the violent and brutal aspects of christianity and for the most part follow love and compassion. I don't think that is true with most islamic countries. They still follow the violent and brutal aspects of it in Saudi Arabia, Iran and many other middle eastern countries.

      September 20, 2010 at 11:02 am |
    • khan

      u know nothing about the Bible, read the new testament then come back. Islam remains to only major threat to world peace. My grand parents were killed because they refused to convert to Islam. What a treacherous religion! Even in this 21st century. why ca't Turkey tolerate other religions even when they claim to be secular?

      September 23, 2010 at 9:27 am |
    • truthywood

      Christians Follow love, thats why they want "so called God given land" by violence, Thats why they attack Iraq, and other Muslim countries.

      September 23, 2010 at 10:49 am |
    • truthywood

      I am a Red Indian and all of people were killed by Nazi Christians from Europe, Christianity has cleansed every minority around the world. once they become majority they start violence against minorities.

      September 23, 2010 at 10:55 am |
    • 1089

      in answer to 1,2,3,4, and 5, "it was because of the hardness of their hearts" (Mark 10:5, i think)

      Mark 7: 9-13 reads:
      9And he said to them: "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! 10For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.' 11But you say that if a man says to his father or mother: 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is Corban' (that is, a gift devoted to God), 12then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother. 13Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that."

      A typical example of a verse taken out of context. Jesus is actually condemning the practice of not respecting his father and mother by citing false religious purposes. This has nothing to do with what you said. Again, it is also a reference to an old testament law.

      Again, this verse is taken out of context. I don't want to paste the whole thing here, but here is a link if you want to read it:
      http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+19&version=NIV
      If you read the entire parable of the ten minas (talents), you will see that Jesus' lesson is to teach people to use what they have for the glory and honor of God, and not to bury it away.

      September 24, 2010 at 12:05 am |
  15. David Johnson

    How about this little gem from your god? How do you think it makes handicapped people feel?

    Would you forbid a little person from coming in your church? Are they defective people?

    How can you worship such a god?

    Leviticus 17 – 23
    The LORD said to Moses, 17 "Say to Aaron: 'For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God.

    18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed;

    19 no man with a crippled foot or hand,

    20 or who is hunchbacked or dwarfed, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles.

    21 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the offerings made to the LORD by fire. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God.

    22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food;

    23 yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy. "

    September 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  16. David Johnson

    Here is a question for the fundies:

    Why would anyone worship a god that promotes slavery?

    Exodus 21:20
    And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.

    Exodus 21:21
    Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he [is] his money.

    September 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  17. David Johnson

    More than scary. The Texas history books are rewriting history to give the conservative slant. The objective of all these efforts, is to create a Christian Nation, a theocracy with Jesus as head. A huge campaign is underway, to convince the American people, the founding fathers never intended a separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson's role as a founding father is played down. In some cases Jefferson is smudged.
    Most of your Tea Party candidates are for a Christian Nation. The Republicans are the puppets of the Religious Right. If they again regain control of congress, you will first see an amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. Gay rights will dwindle and die. Roe Vs. Wade will be reversed. Women will once again be forced to seek back alley remedies.
    Stem cell research will stagnate.
    Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle believes ent itlement programs are a violation of the 1st commandment. She thinks having Social Security, Medicare, Medical care for children, etc., keeps people from being dependent upon god. She believes the programs make the state a god.
    The Creation myth will replace or be made equal to evolution in our science books. Intelligent Design will rule.
    Wake up intelligent people! Get everyone you can, to register to vote and then vote for the Dems in November. Our freedom really does depend on it.

    September 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
    • peace2all

      @David Johnson

      Well....where have you been....? I posted basically the same assertions above....

      Peace....

      September 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
    • 1089

      personally, i wouldn't mind a theocracy with jesus as head. after all, God is omnipotent and omniscient.

      September 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
  18. Luke

    I gotta admit; never have I had so many laughs than I have had in the last 8 to 10 months or so. Normally, I just thought Christians were a little spacey or mislead as children, resulting in ethnocentric adults with no world view whatsoever, but lately the entire religious realm has got batsh!t crazy. You guys are truly making my day each and every day. I mean, you're going to eventually kill us all with your war words turning into a war of mass destruction, but while I'm still breathing, reading articles like this really gets me through the day. The levels of bigotry, ethnocentrism, xenophobia and stupidness is truly off the chart. Banning books Texas? Really? Texas! Not to worry, your kids don't read books anyway, so just stop buying them altogether.

    September 19, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
    • peace2all

      @Luke

      Well said....

      Peace....

      September 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
    • Muneef

      @peace2all. If I may intervene please, yes even for us in Arab countries there was a ban on many religious books that were written by unknown authors that say things with out prove to it intending to fuel religious hatred against all religions and among the branches of Islam as well. So better be safe with such invasions that intend to pollute our minds and hearts. But there are still some well known reliable writers that their books as good and as safe as green traffic light.
      Peace2All

      September 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
    • JeanV

      Muneef - get someone to explain the First Amendment to you. Please!!!!!

      September 20, 2010 at 4:00 am |
    • 1089

      if we can do nothing more than make you laugh, well, your welcome for that.

      however if you asked yourself the question how much you have learned about christianity from an AUTHORITATIVE source (major emphasis on the AUTHORITATIVE), what would be your honest answer to that question?

      September 23, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
    • Texas Dervish

      I'm glad this is amusing to someone; for those of us who live in Texas and have to live with these decisions, it's a disgrace. Intelligent Design is not science; it is ideology dressed up in scientific language. I was sorely disappointed to discover that; when I first heard the term, I thought it might be a theologically neutral form of positive religious rationalism. The TBoE's take on Jefferson and the Founding Fathers is laughably unenlightened; to call John Calvin a more influential political thinker is simply idiotic. And I can say from firsthand evidence that if there was "pro-Islamic bias" in our textbooks when I was in school, it was so well disguised that I explored every world religion *except* Islam until I was in my mid-thirties.

      September 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  19. peace2all

    The TBoE is one of, if not the largest buyer of school books in the country....with that said, giving them a lot of sway over what goes in or out of the books that get published and go into our public school system as a whole.

    Their desire to put 'creationism' and 'intelligent design'.. to be taught in 'Science' classes is further proof and (as I understood that was also one of their doings) is just reflective of the hijaking of the TBoE by christian fundamentalist extremists.

    Intelligent design and creationism-–The world, dinosaurs, and blonde hair, blue eyed people were all roaming around the earth approx. 4,000 years ago or so, when God created everything in six days...etc... This is *not* Science, nor should it be taught as such. Possibly, taught in a World Religions course.... but not science. Religion is not, nor ever will be science. By virtue of its nature, can't.

    This is scary people.... for those us that do want to keep seeing the separation of Church and State continue.....

    Peace....

    September 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
    • 1089

      "Intelligent design and creationism-–The world, dinosaurs, and blonde hair, blue eyed people were all roaming around the earth approx. 4,000 years ago or so, when God created everything in six days...etc... "

      ........huh????

      heard plenty of stuff about intelligent design, but have yet to hear this theory. if you want a good book on this topic (it adresses both sides of the issue quite well, i think), try "new proofs for the existence of God."

      September 23, 2010 at 11:47 pm |
  20. Sir Craig

    And yet another piece of data that goes towards explaining why Texas has some of the lowest educational performance scores in the nation. The TBoE is an incredible embarrassment. I'm surprised they haven't tried to make Phyllis Schlafly and Joe McCarthy out to be some kind of saints.

    Oh wait, yes they did.

    September 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
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