Remember when you grew up thinking that Thomas Jefferson, primary author of the Declaration of Independence, was one of the most enlightened and critical thinkers of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries?
Well now, if the Texas State Board of Education has their way, references to Jefferson as a man of enlightenment and shaper of democracy will be stricken from every record, every temple, every obelisk, every…okay not really, but…
His name will be stricken from the textbooks and World History curriculum that will be taught in Texas, and ultimately due to the state’s incredible market size and purchasing power, in a classroom near you.
Evidently the Born-Again, Baby Jeebus Lovin’, God and Country right wing motherfuckers that sit in pious judgment on the Texas Board of Education, feel that John Calvin had much more of an impact on political revolutions that transpired after 1750 than did Thomas Jefferson…
Mainly because Jefferson wasn’t “religious" enough for their tastes…anyhoo…
Perhaps, you are asking yourself: “Who is this John Calvin of whom you speak?”
Well John Calvin was a theologian who lived during the 16th Century. He was an integral part of the Protestant Reformation.
John Calvin loved the Baby Jeebus, believed in predestination, and the theory that God has absolute authority over one’s salvation.
According to Calvin, one’s salvation is not up to the individual; in this area there is no free will. A person’s eternal life or damnation rests solely upon whether his or her lucky number came up in the Salvation Sweepstakes.
I think Jefferson and other founding fathers would kind of have a problem with this whole lack of free will kinda thing. And to me, this entire line of thinking in general, comes in conflict with the teaching of “enlightenment.”
Of course these curriculum loons probably like Calvin more so for having a guy burned at the stake upon a pile of his own books because his views came in conflict with those of Calvin. Yeah, that’s an enlightened view.
Oh these morons have more changes in mind as well…They want books to reflect that this is a Judeo-Christian Nation, Dammit!! I find that funny because their hero, John Calvin said of the Jews:
“I have never seen either a drop of piety or a grain of truth or ingenuousness—nay, I have never found common sense in any Jew."
According to these nut jobs, if this country was founded exclusively on Judeo-Christian principles, and their hero, John Calvin is correct, that means the United States was partly founded on the teachings of Nonsensical Baby Jeebus Butchers.
Heresy!! Heresy, I say!!
They want no liberal groups mentioned, but they do want the NRA, Phyllis Schlafly, and The Moral Majority highlighted. Falwell’s in Hell getting sodomized for all eternity by a gay Muslim guy, get over it.
Differences between sex and gender would be removed from textbooks because one Barbara Cargill said that that would lead students “into the world of transvestites, transsexuals and who knows what else.”
No…I’m not kidding.
Ken Mercer wants references to “capitalism” removed and replaced with “the free enterprise system” because “capitalism” has a negative connotation.
Hey Jughead…we are a capitalistic country. It’s okay.
And listen Einstein, we don’t have a free enterprise system, if we did, I could walk down to the corner and get tea bagged by a hooker without fear of being arrested or paying a luxury tax…Dickhead.
Listen all of you zealots on the Texas State Board of Education, leave religious teachings to the parents and the churches.
Leave this, America Uber Alles crap to political speeches, cable TV, and talk radio.
And while you’re at it …remember what Jefferson wrote back in 1785:
"An honest heart being the first blessing, a knowing head is the second."
Just because you ass clowns have neither, doesn’t mean that you and your agenda should keep our kids from developing both.