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Christian Nation

Russell Shorto, Author of ''Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason.'' recently wrote this lengthy article about the battle going on inside our education system. More or less the Christian Coalition gang is trying to god up our history and throw in some conservatism while they are at it. God does hate deficit spending after all.

He does a really good job and points out the irony of the southerners wanting to end the separations that once liberated them from state churches that discriminated against the now prevalent religions.

How Christian Were the Founders?

There was a religious element to the American Revolution, which was so pronounced that you could just as well view the event in religious as in political terms. Many of the founders, especially the Southerners, were rebelling simultaneously against state-church oppression and English rule. The Connecticut Baptists saw Jefferson -- an anti-Federalist who was bitterly opposed to the idea of establishment churches -- as a friend.

Of course history has to be rewritten to support their ideas and that is truly frightening The truth of the matter is not hard to find.

Little-Known U.S. Document Signed by President Adams Proclaims America's Government Is Secular

A few Christian fundamentalists attempt to convince us to return to the Christianity of early America, yet according to the historian, Robert T. Handy, "No more than 10 percent-- probably less-- of Americans in 1800 were members of congregations."

Perhaps the most essential part of a democracy is an informed public. The two main sources of information are education and the press.

Nothing is more concerning in our country than the constant attempts to undermine democracy.


 

Comments

re: the times article:

one of the christian activists on the texas school board made this interesting comment, fundamental to the whole issue:

The philosophy of the classroom in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.

ya think? i remember as a "young radical" thinking "boy, i can't wait till those baby boomers take over the government. they've all had experience with lsd, they know what "keeping it real" means, they know what's bad about politics and they'll fix it."

so the first baby boomer president is bill clinton, who smoked a little pot but didn't inhale. his wife was a radical nerd.

then we get dubya, with his cocaine and booze trip. very 80's. now we have obama, who surely did a bit of rebellion as a youth but has basically been campaigning since he was a teenager, in keeping with the values of specialization of his (and my) generation.

i'm still waiting for a president that had his/her brain properly adjusted by some serious hallucinogen experience.

to get back to the point: none of these men actually represent their respective educational generations, except possibly g.w. bush, representing perhaps the most purely selfish phase of american drug history.

it's like the 60's never happened.

It's hard for me to read that the school board proceedings took place in Austin, TX - such a liberal bastion, but it's the lone liberal star in the one-star state of a conservative majority. Frustrating. We - as a nation - have a long road ahead of us if we want to push back forward through enlightenment and humanist thinking. I remember quite distinctly being taught that the prevailing religious leaning of our founding fathers was toward deism. This was in middle school, in a very conservative school district in the burbs of Richmond, Virginia. I wonder if students sitting in the same seats will learn the same, different, or not at all.

I also wonder if Palin would think "All of them" - the founding fathers - are to be admired, since as life had it these guys weren't crazed fundies.

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