The Center for Inquiry needs your help supporting a House Resolution to end political meddling with public school curriculum standards.
Earlier this year, Texas' Christian fundamentalist-dominated State Board of Education mandated a bizarrely warped US history curriculum for Texas school
children. Because of Texas' enormous influence on the nation's
textbook market, the Board's actions affect non-Texan students as well. In March the board included a plank
directing students to learn about "the conservative resurgence of the
1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract With America,
the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle
Association." Because they didn't care much for Thomas Jefferson, who
coined the term "wall of separation between church and state," they
erased him from the history books, only to be replaced by lessons on
the Catholic theologian Thomas Aquinas.
As if scrubbing Jefferson's name from history were not enough, the board adopted measures in May requiring students to "examine the reasons the Founding
Fathers protected religious freedom in America and guaranteed its free
exercise by saying that Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,
and compare and contrast this to the phrase 'separation of church and state.'" This reflects conservative evangelicals' false
contention that the doctrine of separation of church and state was
fabricated by judges and was not part of the original intent of the
Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson from Texas has introduced H. Res 1593, which "supports standards that guide curriculum development,
instruction, and assessment in classrooms that are developed by experts
and not subject to political biases." Please contact your U.S. Representative
today to urge him or her to cosponsor this important resolution.
Click on the "SEND MESSAGE" button below to send an e-mail to your U.S. Representative. You may modify the letter with your own words if you wish, but please send your letter as soon as possible.
Please cosponsor H. Res. 1593 to prevent political interference with curriculum standards.
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a constituent concerned about protecting education in our public schools from political meddling, I urge you to cosponsor H. Res. 1593.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
©2013 Center for Inquiry | Office of Public Policy
3965 Rensch Road · Amherst, N.Y. · 14228
(716) 636-4869 · firstname.lastname@example.org