Thursday, December 22, 2005

Idiot TX decision

Trustees of the Ector County Independent School District decided, 4 to 2, on Tuesday night that high school students would use a course published by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools for studying the Bible in history and literature. The council is a religious advocacy group in Greensboro, N.C., and has the backing of the Eagle Forum and Focus on the Family, two conservative organizations. A biblical scholar at Southern Methodist University, Mark A. Chancey, said the book had factual errors, promoted creationism and taught that the Constitution was based on Scripture.

ECISD is in Odessa, TX -- the same part of Texas that President Bush likes to hang out in. I also taught in West Texas -- Texas Tech to be exact. People in West Texas (maybe most of Texas, though I only lived in West Texas) have this "Don't Mess With Texas" attitude. They feel that if they don't like something -- even the Constitution -- then they'll behave however they feel is right. That's clearly how our president operates. The eavesdropping policy revealed in the New York Times last week is, at best, Constitutionally shaky, and completely unnecessary (you can wiretap first, then get a warrant within the next 72 hours), yet the president doesn't care -- he's declared he's going to continue to do it anyway. That's the West Texas way.


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