• Amanda wrote a new post, Quickies: Texas textbooks, privilege, and breasts, on the site Skepchick 5 years, 10 months ago

    In Texas textbooks, Moses is a founding father – “The Texas State Board of Education is studying how textbook publishers responded to the state’s ideologically driven guidelines for teaching history. The […]

    • So, Moses was a founding father and this is was founded as a Christian nation?

      I think someone needs to remind these yahoos that Moses has zero to do with Christianity even if he was a founding father.

      Which he wasn’t.

      • Mrmisconception,

        They’d probably claim that without Moses there could be no Judaism, and without Judaism there could be no Christianity. They would be correct about Judaism having to exist prior to Christianity for Christianity to exist, but probably not much else.

        The claim that Moses was a “founding father of the United States” probably has to do with the ridiculous myth that the religious right is fond of spreading that our laws, including the constitution was on the ten commandments.

        5 Things the Religious Right Needs to Learn About the 10 Commandments
        http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/5-things-religious-right-needs-learn-about-10-commandments

        • Yes, but that is as ridiculous as claiming that Google invented the cell phone because they bought Motorola. An argument could be made for it, but it would be a really bad one.

          As for what influenced our constitution, I agree that the 10 commandments are way down that list, especially since half of the commandments are self-serving to a jealous deity and are useless outside of a theocracy. It would be well behind things that the far-right would be loath to give any credit to such as the Code of Hammurabi, The Iroqouis nations’ Great Law of Peace, and the Virginia Declaration of Rights among many others. But then they would need to acknowledge that their influences existed before the Bible, came from “savage” people, or stemmed from the enlightenment (the main reason they downplay Jefferson’s role through the VDoR) so I won’t hold my breath.

          • Mrmisconception,

            I agree, genuine historians are going to have to continuously fight tooth and nail to make sure that the real history of the United States is taught in our schools, just like scientists have to do to keep creationism and climate change denial from being taught.

    • The truly sad thing about the TEKS approach is that it misses the real creativity of the men who gathered at Philadelphia and wrote the Constitution. Some were Christian; some were not.

      Yeah, we wouldn’t want to take all the racism out of it or none of the parents would recognize it as their own history. A bunch of unwashed, slave owning would-be kings came up with all of the ideas in the constitution.

    • “Comments from men over 40 to run away from” :-

      Another one is “It hasn’t been the same since the operation” !

    • They forgot the worst one for “Comments from men over 40 to run away from”:
      Age is only a number.

      To be fair I seem to be getting this one from guys much younger than me as well as older men. Apparently 32 is just right to get both the creepers in their 50s and the 18-24 year old guys looking for a Mrs Robinson. Yippee.