Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thomas Who?

From the New York Times (on the Texas School Board's new "standards" for American history textbooks):

"Cynthia Dunbar, a lawyer from Richmond who is a strict constitutionalist and thinks the nation was founded on Christian beliefs, managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone. (Jefferson is not well liked among conservatives on the board because he coined the term 'separation between church and state.')"

There is so much that's wrong about this, but I have to enjoy the irony of Texas conservatives writing out of history the early republic's most influential activist for states rights, limited government, fiscal conservatism, and American exceptionalism.

This is what happens when you attempt to simplify history to promote your own narrow, self-serving agenda.

1 comment:

Jim H. said...

I suppose they'll also try to pretend LBJ wasn't from Texas, what with his danged war on poverty and his signing of that pesky voting rights act.

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