Texans jealous of truth's liberal/progressive bias

Thanks to progressives, America has changed for the better:

  • From slavery to abolition/freedom.

  • From child sweatshops to public schools.

  • From starving/freezing elderly to Social Security.

  • From “one man, one vote” male-only elections to “one (white) person, one vote.”

  • From Black exclusionary poll taxes and literacy tests to “one person, one vote.”

  • From “separate but equal” schools to less segregated schools.

  • From white-only restaurants, hotels, and water fountains to a society where your skin color has no less impact on where you can go and what you can do.

  • From the 1890s' all-powerful megacorporations to trust busting and anti-monopoly regulations (and back again, over these past few miserable decades)

I could add fifty more, but the broad swath of American history is progressives pushing for positive change against conservatives' resistance. When progressives eventually win out, America becomes a better nation.

Well, Texas conservatives are angry their “side” — which always seeks to further enrich wealthy stock-and-bond holders on the backs of ordinary wage earners — comes out looking bad in textbooks. Conservatives are screaming bias and seeking to order textbook publishers to insert pro-conservative biases:

There have also been efforts among conservatives on the board to tweak the history of the civil rights movement. One amendment states that the movement created “unrealistic expectations of equal outcomes” among minorities. Another proposed change removes any reference to race, sex or religion in talking about how different groups have contributed to the national identity.

The amendments are also intended to emphasize the unalloyed superiority of the “free-enterprise system” over others and the desirability of limited government…

Throughout the standards, the conservatives have pushed to drop references to American “imperialism,” preferring to call it expansionism…

References to Ralph Nader and Ross Perot are proposed to be removed, while Stonewall Jackson, the Confederate general, is to be listed as a role model for effective leadership, and the ideas in Jefferson Davis’s inaugural address are to be laid side by side with Abraham Lincoln’s speeches…

Mr. McLeroy and other conservatives on the board made it clear they would offer still more planks to highlight what they see as the Christian roots of the Constitution and other founding documents.

“To deny the Judeo-Christian values of our founding fathers is just a lie to our kids,” said Ken Mercer, a San Antonio Republican.

For the ten trillionth time: Most of the Founding Fathers — the men who brought us separation of church and state — despised organized religion. Most considered themselves “Deists,” which means they accepted that SOMETHING had created the universe but believed humans — not God or gods… and certainly not God or gods speaking through the Pope or ministers or shamans or priests — governed the affairs of men. Most Founding Fathers saw no evidence whatsoever that whatever force created the universe was involved in (or even aware of) human affairs.

Thomas Jefferson even went so far as to extract out Jesus' fabulous moral teachings and throw away all the other stuff in The Bible, especially the supernatural son-of-God stuff:

Thomas Jefferson believed that the ethical system of Jesus was the finest the world has ever seen. In compiling what has come to be called “The Jefferson Bible,” he sought to separate those ethical teachings from the religious dogma and other supernatural elements that are intermixed in the account provided by the four Gospels. He presented these teachings, along with the essential events of the life of Jesus, in one continuous narrative.

The group most justified in condemning American history textbooks are Native Americans. Our ancestors seized their land and slaughtered them by the tens of thousands. Why is the post-Columbus Native American experience skipped over at the start of textbooks in favor of the immediate pre-Revolutionary era? Because the truth doesn’t fit the conservatives' myths about America’s Jesus-like perfection! And yet it’s conservatives screaming about our biased textbooks!

Posted by James on Thursday, March 11, 2010