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 FoxNews.com …
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.
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.