IN USA Today there’s a piece written by Don McLeroy, titled Teach founding principles. If you know who McLeroy is you can skip the next few indented paragraphs:
Don McLeroy is the creationist dentist whom Texas Governor Rick Perry had appointed as chairman of the State Board of Education (the SBOE); but the Texas senate voted to reject that nomination. The disgrace of rejection was largely because McLeroy — a young-earth creationist — had presided over the Texas Science Chainsaw Massacre.
To learn more about this dashing Dark-Ager with a dental drill, you need to read his essay, The Gift of Medieval Christendom to the World , which is posted at his personal website. But be warned — we regard McLeroy’s essay as a glimpse into the pit of hell. It’s safer to read what we wrote about it here: The Mind of a Creationist Dentist.
And as everyone knows by now, McLeroy will be off the SBOE at the end of the year. He just lost a Republican primary election to Thomas Ratliff. See: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly.
In other words, McLeroy is an incurable, hard-core, full-blown, flaming young-earth creationist who believes that man and dinosaur lived at the same time. Okay, here are some excerpts from McLeroy’s column, with bold added by us:
For a free society, history is everything. Thus, the greatest problem facing America today is that we have forgotten what it means to be an American.
Yes, we’ve forgotten. But the young-earth Dark-Ager is going to lead us back to our roots. Right. Let’s read on:
On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson charted the course for a new nation: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Abraham Lincoln declared that we were “a new nation, conceived in Liberty” and “the last best hope of earth.” Ronald Reagan observed: “Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than any other place on earth.”
Very pretty words. So why did the SBOE delete Jefferson and the Enlightenment from the American Revolution? We continue:
The Texas school board is currently adopting changes to the curriculum standards to ensure these principles are taught.
Really? That makes it difficult to explain, with all the changes they approved, why McLeroy’s faction voted to defeat an amendment introduced by Mavis B. Knight, a Democrat from Dallas, requiring that students study the reasons “the founding fathers protected religious freedom in America by barring the government from promoting or disfavoring any particular religion above all others.”
Actually, it’s not too difficult to explain. Anyway, here’s more:
The proposed changes have attracted national attention because they challenge the powerful ideology of the left and highlight the great political divide of our country. The left’s principles are diametrically opposed to our founding principles. The left believes in big, not limited, government; they empower the state, not the individual; they focus on differences, not unity.
True, but Jefferson — now deleted as an Enlightenment thinker who influenced revolution — was no leftist. We’ll skip to the end:
The Texas board, emulating Jefferson, wants our children to understand how free societies rose to greatness and how they can fall. Education is the last best hope for the last best hope of earth.
Yes, McLeroy loves Jefferson. That’s why, when quoting Jefferson’s Declaration, he conveniently leaves out the first sentence. You know, the one that says the American people were assuming “the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them.” It was in Jefferson’s second sentence that he started referring to the “Creator” — which had just been identified. But who or what is “nature’s God”? Does it sound like Yahweh? And why do people like McLeroy always skip Jefferson’s first sentence? We’ll leave that for you to ponder, dear reader.
The conclusion is that not only does McLeroy quote-mine Jefferson, his article quote-mines the actions of the Board. Is he fooling anyone? Probably not. But he’s doing it anyway.
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