Can We Give Texas Back to Mexico?

Texas has a fairly long history of being ruled by different countries, hence the term “Six Flags over Texas” (Spain, France, Mexico, Independence, US, Confederacy, and back to the US). Flying the current US flag these days over the Capitol in Austin seems to be contrary to the principles that resulted in the creation of that flag in the first place. Texas is quickly becoming the “Stupid State”, and because of its size and buying power, is trying to drag the rest of the country down into a pit of  religious based ignorance with it.

In the wake of the recent New York Mosque controversy, and the idiot down in Florida (a state vying for #2 in the Stupid race) who obtained his 15 minutes of fame while threatening to burn Qur’ans, Texas now will vote on a resolution that

…says past textbooks devoted more lines to Islamic beliefs and practices than to Christianity and spelled out atrocities committed by Christian crusaders while ignoring similar atrocities by Muslim fighters.

Christianity has always had a persecution complex, but this really seems to take the cake.  Do they honestly think that in this country, textbooks are skewed in favor of programming  tender little minds to think Islam is a wonderful religion, and Christianity is not? As if all of the other subliminal and calculated messages that bombard our children every day are not laced with Christianity as THE superior religion.

But really, this is just more cultural animosity at its worse.

“If you can control or influence our education system, you can start taking over the minds of the young people,” Mr. Rives said.

Does that sentiment sound familiar?

Give me the child before age seven, and I’ll give you the man (attributed, perhaps apocryphally, to the Jesuits).

According to this report (from FOX, so get your salt shaker out)

…[O]ne textbook used in Texas high schools from 1999 to 2003 devoted 120 lines to Christian beliefs, practices and holy writings, compared to 248 devoted to those of Islam. In another textbook approved for Texas high schools, 82 lines were devoted to Christianity and 159 to Islam.

“There’s a problem and this resolution brings attention to it,” Don McLeroy, a Republican member of the state Board of Education since 1998, told …

One would expect, wouldn’t one, that in a country already predominately Christian, but one that was actually interested in learning and teaching about other countries, religions and cultures, that the Christian perspective and experience would be presumed, and not need reinforcement, and that, naturally and consequently, textbooks might actually spend more time (and lines of text) on those other cultures in the interest of actually teaching something new rather than something already known. I would imagine that a “World Civilizations” textbook written for American schools would pay short shrift to American History, while emphasizing in far greater proportion the history of other countries. But no, Christians are so persecuted, so maligned, so  insecure, that they’ve taken to counting lines of text to make sure that they get a fair slice of the academic pie, as if learning was a race to see who can say more about their particular superstition.

What sheer stupidity arrives at this mindset? For chrissake, of course a World Civilizations textook is going to devote more time to other cultures than the one in which it is culturally situated.

Couldn’t we kill two birds with one stone by giving Texas back to Mexico, thereby solving at least a portion of the immigration problem, while at the same time sending teh stoopids somewhere else?

Let’s not forget who gave us George W. Bush and where he resides when considering this.

11 thoughts on “Can We Give Texas Back to Mexico?

  1. Next up: textbooks need to devote more space to the praise and understanding of why Capitalism is awesome, and why socialism and communism will lead to the apocalypse.

  2. “Don’t let Oklahoma hit you on the way out”. And if you want to avoid that, you could take them with you. Or, to paraphrase the old comedian, “Take Oklahoma. Please”.

  3. Let’s not forget who gave us George W. Bush and where he resides when considering this.
    The guy from Connecticut who thinks he’s a cowboy? The guy who managed to lose money in the oil business? I think that reflects as much on Connecticut as it does Texas*.

    * Take that, Connecticut!

  4. As former resident of Texas, now living outside York, PA, I have to say I’m glad to have put that shithole behind me. It was tiring having such simpletons and downright morons as neighbors (not that this part of PA doesn’t have it’s fair share, just not so overwhelming so). I occasionally attend meetings of PA Nonbelievers. An organization of kindred spirits, but would have trouble being in existence in most of Texas. I will henceforce be a regular reader of your blog. Up the count from 3 to 4.

    • Everything is relative, isn’t it. I think of parts of Cali being pretty backwards (Fresno, for instance) but it doesn’t seem so bad when I compare it to stories I hear from the Bible Belt.

      Seems like Austin is a haven for freethought in TX. I guess that wasn’t your part of the state – and it IS a big state.

      • I know what y0u mean John. I went to high school in Stockton. I know the San Joaquin Valley well. Yer right about Austin, it’s a patch of blue in a very red state. I did not live in Austin. I was in the DFW area.

    • I occasionally attend meetings of PA Nonbelievers.

      And I must have met you last night, Charlie. Welcome!

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