It's Official - Texas Is The New Kansas

Spewing creationist nonsense to children wasn't enough. Teaching that non-science, who's core tenants of faith and ignoring evidence go against everything science stands in science classes in public, government-funded schools just wasn't enough for the fundamentalist quacks in this country. Texas public schools are now required by law to teach the Bible.

Beginning this school year a law passed in 2007 will require all Texas public schools to offer a course about the Bible. Right now it will be an elective course but considering the direction the Texas Board of Education is taking how long will it be before it is a required course for all students? They've filled their Board of Education with Christian fundamentalists. Including David Barton who openly opposes the separation of church and state and has even written a book on the subject. They're going to teach creationism in science class. They're attempting to install a revisionist history of America in their social studies curriculum, painting a picture of America as a perfect nation that can do no wrong, founded upon Judeo-Christian values, and intended to be a Christian nation by our founding fathers. Now they've taken the next step, requiring public schools to offer a Bible study course. How long before this elective Bible course becomes a required one?

If this story is not enough to get every Atheist and non-Christian out there fired up and ready to fight to save the establishment cause then I don't know what it will take. Freedom of (and from) Religion is under attack in Texas and it is time that someone steps in and puts a stop to this madness before Texas public schools complete their conversion to Christian fundamentalist breeding grounds.

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Tags: HB01287F, bible-class, establishment-clause, religion-in-school, separation, texas

Comment by Gaytor on August 18, 2009 at 12:02pm
Weiss v District Board (1890) the Supreme Court clearly ruled that the Bible shall not be taught in public schools. I don't know what the run around is, but the fundamental problem will come back to haunt these short-sighted religionists.
The Weiss Challenge was brought forth by a Roman Catholic family that didn't agree with the way the Bible was being read and interpreted. The funny thing about Christians is that the only thing they seem to agree on is Jesus was real and everyone else is wrong. They can't even agree on what a day is. So this teaching of the Bible in Schools will turn out to be a great thing for freedom. What's going to happen is that someone (Mormon, Seventh Day, Witness, Catholic, etc.) is going to take offense to the reading. The reading of the Bible will be challenged and the result will be the closing of yet another loophole. It will be a modern repudiation of the practice and show clearly that we cannot allow religion to be taught in public schools.
Other cases Santa Fe Independent School District v. Jane Doe brought by Catholic and Mormons against prayer before football games.
Lee v Weissman Christians sought to block Rabbi from delivering Benediction. Judeo-Christian my ass. Further set back all prayers in schools.
Don't fret, everything offends religionists. It won't be long until the mount a self-defeating lawsuit.
Comment by Matt on August 18, 2009 at 1:01pm
I just don't understand how this happened even with the separation of church and state. Didn't anyone stand up and tell them they are violating the constitution?
Comment by Matthew on August 18, 2009 at 1:59pm
This story was mentioned on Pharyngula

A while later it was updated with this:

A correction from the Texas Freedom Network:

Just a quick note about your post on Bible classes in Texas public schools. Unfortunately, the article you linked to in your post got it wrong - public schools in Texas are NOT required to offer Bible courses. In fact, we were successful in 2007 in changing that bill in committee so that high schools could choose whether or not they want to offer elective courses about the Bible's influence in history and literature.

The Texas attorney general has ruled that the law, as written, does require that something about the Bible's influence in history and literature must be in the curriculum somewhere, but it doesn't have to be a separate course. Of course, many social studies and literature classes have long included samples of sacred writings from Christianity and the other major religions and explain their influence on various cultures. So we don't think the law will change much unless school districts decide to offer separate Bible courses.

Still not ideal, but this isn't as big a thing as it initially appears.
Comment by noisician on August 18, 2009 at 9:29pm
Gaytor, I like your positive attitude and I hope you are right.

The other thing is - if people actually READ the bible, maybe some of them will notice what a lot of bullshit there is in there... They say the best book to read to convince someone to be an atheist is the bible.

Though i think maybe this is wishful thinking. Will students and teachers actually go beyond whatever their "choose your own adventure" denomination has already chosen to focus on?

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