THE whole world is watching Texas — and they’re all laughing. The Economist, which we regard as one of the best publications in the UK, carries this story: Jefferson v Board of Education, which says:
THE good news is that more Texans are paying attention to social-studies lessons than ever before. The bad news is that they suddenly have cause. On March 12th, the state board of education voted for a series of changes to the state’s history and social-sciences curricula.
The most dramatic change is that Thomas Jefferson has gotten the boot. The conservatives on the board deemed him to be a suspiciously secular figure.
That ties together a few themes we’ve previously written about. As we reported on the day it happened, Texas Education: Embracing the Dark Ages, the infinitely insane Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) decided to purge Thomas Jefferson from the list of people who were influential in the American Revolution.
They’re also purging the Enlightenment — which is being replaced by references to the writings of medieval churchmen, including Thomas Aquinas. As the geniuses on the SBOE know — and as Texas students will now learn — the American Revolution and the Constitutional Convention were entirely religious events. The United States was founded as a theocracy.
It was Cynthia Dunbar’s amendment that achieved the Jefferson purging. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to learn about this arch-creationist, here’s your chance to Meet Cynthia Dunbar. This is her last year on the Board, and she’s making the most of it.
Okay, so far we’ve mentioned Jefferson, the Enlightenment, theocracy, creationism, and Dunbar. The remaining theme our regular readers know about, which also fits into today’s tapestry, is Fox News. We’ve reported about Creationism on Fox News, so what we’re about to tell you should come as no surprise.
On 15 March, Dunbar was interviewed on Fox & Friends, the morning news & chat show. The interviewer was our old friend, Steve Doocy, the same pleasant, ever-cheerful doofus who once gushed all over Casey Luskin (see Casey on Fox & Friends).
Here’s the Dunbar interview — it’s less than three minutes long:
Note that after being given a softball question, Cynthia says: “Thomas Jefferson is still in.” Yes, maybe he’s still mentioned, somewhere, perhaps in a list of Presidents — but his significance has been gutted.
Nice going, Cynthia. And while we’re at it, we’ll also congratulate Doocy on yet another incredibly worthless performance.
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