22 May 2010

A Great Day In Texas

A lot of history related blogs have weighed in on the recent debate around text book changes advocated by the Texas state school board. Those changes have now been voted on and adopted by the board of duly elected citizens - a great triumph for our representative republican form of government. Hallelujah.

While this decision predictably upsets some academics and historians with opposing views, the Texas decision will simply restore some balance back to history and social studies programs in American classrooms. Students will (hopefully) be learning that America's founders indeed envisioned "a Christian land governed by Christian principles." 

Heck, even the Library of Congress can't deny this truth:

" . . . a religious people rose in rebellion against Great Britain in 1776, and that most American statesmen, when they began to form new governments at the state and national levels, shared the convictions of most of their constituents that religion was, to quote Alexis de Tocqueville's observation, indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions."

Why would educators and politicians want to hide or minimize the truth about our Nation's founding? So who's really pushing an agenda? Maybe the secularists should consider homeschooling.

I'm going to post something much more detailed about this soon.

(Image is of the First Prayer of the Continental Congress. Of course, it could be that these secularists were simply on their knees looking for one of the members' lost contact lenses.)

**Addendum: Anyone who wants to cite the Treaty of Tripoli as evidence that the founders did not envision "a Christian land governed by Christian principles" is doing two things:
  1. First, they are ignoring the incalculable volumes of quotes, legislation, statements, writings, state constitutions, and other historic data that most definitely refutes their absolutely ridiculous notion that the country was not founded on Judeo-Christian principles and meant to be governed by Judeo-Christian principles..
  2. They are failing to mention the controversy over the translation of the treaty, most importantly, article 11.


msimons said...

Amen Richard here in the Great State of TEXAS we have restored Balance to Public School History Arena. Let the Liberals and Socialist Leftest Howl!!!!!!

BorderRuffian said...

Imagine that...

Counterposing Lincoln's Inaugural Adress -the one where he promotes an amendment to the US Constitution that would make slavery permanent- with that of Jefferson Davis...
...who doesn't say a word about slavery but does speak of Northern "lust of dominion."

Wow, someone might get the idea that the war wasn't about slavery.

Imagine that...

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

What's amazing BR is that the "critics" (ostensibly the "experts" in academia), don't want to discuss the specifics of what is being changed. They stoop to the usual ad hominem attacks, i.e. "one of the board members is a dentist and, thus, not qualified."

I've not read/seen any that are factually incorrect. They just want to keep pointing out that the majority voting bloc of this board happens to be conservative Republicans with "an agenda." Please, don't confuse them with the facts! Thus these academics reveal, quite clearly, that it is THEY who really are politicizing this and who themselves have an agenda - which of course they deny. It's laughable.

msimons said...

You hit the mail on the head Richard. I am proud to teach in the state of Texas.

msimons said...

Your correct Richard the opponets to our ideas on American History and God's role in it always roll out the Treaty of Tripoli.
Even those who profess Islam don't believe we are not a Christian Nation.