Texas Flub

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Don’t mess with Texas.  Or their history books.

Every once in a while, you read something so overwhelmingly outrageous, that you can’t help but wonder how it could possibly be true.  In some cases, you read on to find out that said outrageousness is not just the opinion of one evangelical asshole, but a whole slew of them.  Rarer still, there are enough evangelical assholes to commandeer the Texas State Board of Education.  With that in mind, meet Revisionist Cynthia Dunbar:

Photo Credit: Harry Cabluck/AP via guardian.co.uk

Guardian.co.uk reports:

“[Cynthia] is one of a clutch of Christian evangelists and social conservatives who have grasped control of the state’s education board. This week they are expected to force through a new curriculum…. The board is to vote on a sweeping purge of alleged liberal bias in Texas school textbooks in [favor] of what Dunbar says really matters: a belief in America as a nation chosen by God as a beacon to the world, and free enterprise as the cornerstone of liberty and democracy.”

Oh, that’s right.  America, fuck yea!  But what does this really mean?

“Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who [favored] separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the “significant contributions” of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war…. The education board has dropped references to the slave trade in [favor] of calling it the more innocuous “Atlantic Triangular Trade.”

The “Atlantic Triangular Trade?”  That’s like calling the Holocaust the “Thing that Happened in Europe.”  And the “significant contributions” of pro-slavery Confederate leaders?  Like  WHAT?  Chewing tobacco?  Huge belt buckles?  Jimmy the Greek?

Gimme a fuckin’ break.

You know what it’s called when you make shit up?

Here’s a history lesson.  Disinformation and extreme patriotism have been used to manipulate people for centuries.  If you’re too self-absorbed to realize that this evangelism bullshit is counterproductive to a free and open society, and that it’s just straight-up cult-ish, then you need a serious wake up call.  Everybody’s the fucking chosen one these days.

Now I’m no bleeding-heart liberal, but I do have common sense.  It’s absolutely scary how these people truly believe they are right, and are planning to brainwash an entire state.

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One response to “Texas Flub

  1. journalofidiocracy

    Great post! We have this difficulty in Kansas as well. The “Christian Right” has been having a slow, but ultimately influential, impact on local politics since they emerged in the mid 1990’s. It’s really unfortunate in many respects.

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