Thursday, December 22, 2005

What's the Matter with Texas?

Texas District Adopts Disputed Text on Bible Study:
David Newman, a professor of English at Odessa College, said he planned to sue the district because the curriculum advocated a fundamentalist Christian point of view.

The school board president, Randy Rives, said of the curriculum, which uses the King James Version of the Bible: "If you're going to teach something, it's better to use the source. I have complete confidence that we can teach this within the parameters of the law."

Professor Newman said, "If the beliefs of others don't match theirs, then the beliefs of others are irrelevant."

Last summer, the Texas Freedom Network, which promotes religious freedoms, asked a biblical scholar at Southern Methodist University, Mark A. Chancey, to examine the council course. Dr. Chancey said it had factual errors, promoted creationism and taught that the Constitution was based on Scripture.
The other curriculum under study referred to several versions of the Bible, when we all know that the KJV is the only true translation.

On a more germane note, I think it's important that advocates of religion in schools make their case in a way that's most easily mocked and most obviously erroneous. It makes it easier for those of us who believe in the Bill of Rights to do our work.

What would life be like if we didn't have judicial rulings with sentences like this:

It is ironic that several of these individuals, who so staunchly and proudly touted their religious convictions in public, would time and again lie to cover their tracks and disguise the real purpose behind the ID Policy.