Calling it a “patriotic exercise,” Flynn said the bill is geared to teach youths about history and principles.
Interesting quote, wouldn’t you say? Could be about anything, and depending on the subject, might be very helpful, very explanatory. But in this case, it’s about a Texas legislator, a Republican, who recently introduced a bill in the Texas legislature that would ensure that any Texas teacher who wants to can display the Ten Commandments in a classroom.
Again, I ask. How stupid do we look? By “we” I don’t mean atheists, I simply mean the American public at large, and more specifically, the Texas constituents of Representative Dan Flynn.
Let’s get serious. He’s a Republican, and he’s in Texas. And he wants us to believe that he is actually suggesting that we need legislation that allows teachers to post a copy of the Ten Commandments in every school classroom in Texas because it will teach them about “history and principles”?
Right. Have a got a bridge you’ll love to buy? You bet your sweet patootie, I do. It’s in New York City, and spans the East River, and…but I digress.
Let’s call a spade a spade. This is not about teaching history and principles, it’s about sticking the Ten Commandments, that list of 10 things most Americans never follow, (with the exception of number 6, and sometimes number 8 ) in public schools so that Christians can continue to flaunt their religion to all Americans, and show us just how special they are. Oh, wait. He gives it away in the next sentence:
“This is necessary to protect teachers who have the desire to establish that the country’s historical background is based on Judeo-Christian traditions,” he said.
Even if that was true, which it’s not, are teachers that incompetent that they can’t teach the history of Western civilization, which would reasonably touch on the traditions of Jewish and Christian cultures, without a copy of the Ten Commandments in the front of the room? I tend to doubt it, but then, this is Texas, so who knows?
Apparently, not only does he think we are that stupid, but he wants us to continue to stay stupid.
Our rights do come from God, not from government.
Clearly, the man has not learned anything in his own study of history and principles. I’m thinking he was edumacated in a Christian school. He hasn’t read the Constitution (“We, the People…”) or the Declaration of Independence (“That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”) or any of the Federalist papers, and the last time I checked the Bible, there was no mention of America there. So it seems like he wants our up and coming students’ educations to be “dumbed down”, by ensuring a Christian viewpoint on “history and principles”. Will he succeed?
“If the bill became law and if a court looked at that law and determined that its primary purpose was to promote religion … a federal court probably would rule that it violates the First Amendment establishment clause,” which prevents government from making laws respecting establishment of religion, said David Masci, a senior researcher at the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
That explains why he gave the statement that became the quote that leads this post. He wants the courts that will inevitably rule on this to believe that he doesn’t have a religious motivation in proposing this legislation, because the courts will specifically look at the legislative intent, and what better source of legislative intent than the specific spoken words of the legislators behind the bill?
He would never say “I want the Ten Commandments in every classroom so that the children are properly taught the principles of the religion I subscribe to”, now would he?
Apparently, he’s not all that stupid either.