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    Cynthia Dunbar does not have a high regard for her local schools. She has called them unconstitutional, tyrannical and tools of perversion. The conservative Texas lawyer has even likened sending children to her state's schools to "throwing them in to the enemy's flames". Her hostility runs so deep that she educated her own offspring at home and at private Christian establishments.

    Now Dunbar is on the brink of fulfilling a promise to change all that, or at least point Texas schools toward salvation. She is one of a clutch of Christian evangelists and social conservatives who have grasped control of the state's education board. This week they are expected to force through a new curriculum that is likely to shift what millions of American schoolchildren far beyond Texas learn about their history.

    The board is to vote on a sweeping purge of alleged liberal bias in Texas school textbooks in favour of what Dunbar says really matters: a belief in America as a nation chosen by God as a beacon to the world, and free enterprise as the cornerstone of liberty and democracy.

    "We are fighting for our children's education and our nation's future," Dunbar said. "In Texas we have certain statutory obligations to promote patriotism and to promote the free enterprise system. There seems to have been a move away from a patriotic ideology. There seems to be a denial that this was a nation founded under God. We had to go back and make some corrections."

    Those corrections have prompted a blizzard of accusations of rewriting history and indoctrinating children by promoting rightwing views on religion, economics and guns while diminishing the science of evolution, the civil rights movement and the horrors of slavery.

    Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the "significant contributions" of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war.

    The new curriculum asserts that "the right to keep and bear arms" is an important element of a democratic society. Study of Sir Isaac Newton is dropped in favour of examining scientific advances through military technology.

    There is also a suggestion that the anti-communist witch-hunt by Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s may have been justified.

    The education board has dropped references to the slave trade in favour of calling it the more innocuous "Atlantic triangular trade", and recasts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as driven by Islamic fundamentalism.

    "There is a battle for the soul of education," said Mavis Knight, a liberal member of the Texas education board. "They're trying to indoctrinate with American exceptionalism, the Christian founding of this country, the free enterprise system. There are strands where the free enterprise system fits appropriately but they have stretched the concept of the free enterprise system back to medieval times. The president of the Texas historical association could not find any documentation to support the stretching of the free enterprise system to ancient times but it made no difference."

    The curriculum has alarmed liberals across the country in part because Texas buys millions of text books every year, giving it considerable sway over what publishers print. By some estimates, all but a handful of American states rely on text books written to meet the Texas curriculum. The California legislature is considering a bill that would bar them from being used in the state's schools.

    In the past four years, Christian conservatives have won almost half the seats on the Texas education board and can rely on other Republicans for support on most issues. They previously tried to require science teachers to address the "strengths and weaknesses" in the theory of evolution – a move critics regard as a back door to teaching creationism – but failed. They have had more success in tackling history and social studies.

    Dunbar backed amendments to the curriculum that portray the free enterprise system (there is no mention of capitalism, deemed to be a tainted word) as a cornerstone of liberty and argue that the government should have a minimal role in the economy.

    One amendment requires that students be taught that economic prosperity requires "minimal government intrusion and taxation".

    Underpinning the changes is a particular view of religion.

    Dunbar was elected to the state education board on the back of a campaign in which she argued for the teaching of creationism – euphemistically known as intelligent design – in science classes.

    Two years ago, she published a book, One Nation Under God, in which she argued that the United States was ultimately governed by the scriptures.

    "The only accurate method of ascertaining the intent of the founding fathers at the time of our government's inception comes from a biblical worldview," she wrote. "We as a nation were intended by God to be a light set on a hill to serve as a beacon of hope and Christian charity to a lost and dying world."

    On the education board, Dunbar backed changes that include teaching the role the "Jewish Ten Commandments" played in "political and legal ideas", and the study of the influence of Moses on the US constitution. Dunbar says these are important steps to overturning what she believes is the myth of a separation between church and state in the US.

    "There's been this amorphous changing of how we look at religion and how we define religion within American history. One concern I have is that the viewpoint of the founding fathers is very clear. They were not against the promotion of religion. I think it is important to present a historically accurate viewpoint to students," she said.

    On the face of it some of the changes are innocuous but critics say that closer scrutiny reveals a not-so-hidden agenda. History students are now to be required to study documents, such as the Mayflower Compact, which instil the idea of America being founded as a Christian fundamentalist nation.

    Knight and others do not question that religion was an important force in American history but they fear that it is being used as a Trojan horse by evangelists to insert religious indoctrination into the school curriculum. They point to the wording of amendments such as that requiring students to "describe how religion and virtue contributed to the growth of representative government in the American colonies".

    Among the advisers the board brought in to help rewrite the curriculum is David Barton, the leader of WallBuilders which seeks to promote religion in history. Barton has campaigned against the separation of church and state. He argues that income tax should be abolished because it contradicts the bible. Among his recommendations was that pupils should be taught that the declaration of independence establishes that the creator is at the heart of law, government and individual rights.

    Conservatives have been accused of an assault on the history of civil rights. One curriculum amendment describes the civil rights movement as creating "unrealistic expectations of equal outcomes" among minorities. Another seeks to place Martin Luther King and the violent Black Panther movement as opposite sides of the same coin.

    "We had a big discussion around that," said Knight, a former teacher. "It was an attempt to taint the civil rights movement. They did the same by almost equating George Wallace [the segregationist governor of Alabama in the mid-1960s] with the civil rights movement and the things Martin Luther King Jr was trying to accomplish, as if Wallace was standing up for white civil rights. That's how slick they are.

    "They're very smooth at excluding the contributions of minorities into the curriculum. It is as if they want to render minority groups totally invisible. I think it's racist. I really do."

    The blizzard of amendments has produced the occasional farce. Some figures have been sidelined because they are deemed to be socialist or un-American. One of them is a children's author, Bill Martin, who wrote a popular tale, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Martin was purged from the curriculum when he was confused with an author with a similar name but a different book, Ethical Marxism.Texas schools board rewrites US history with lessons promoting God and guns | World news | The Guardian

    Apparently this was voted on once, then there is a 30 day waiting period and then another vote, which is coming up. This woman is a freak who doesn't even send her kids to public school so should go crawl back under her bible and leave the rest of us thinking folk alone.
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    Someone should ensure she has an "accident". How these fuckballs ever get positions of power is beyond me.
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    I wish a could post a picture of her. Gawker has a great one. She looks like she's from Little House on the Prarie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    I wish a could post a picture of her. Gawker has a great one. She looks like she's from Little House on the Prarie.
    butt, when are you going to learn to post pictures? it's really not hard. i think you're just being lazy
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    ^^ Well that explains everything.

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    I have a very large part of my family living in Texas (Arlington to be exact). They (especially the younger generation) are some of the most open minded, liberal thinkers out there - as are their friends, etc. I have alwyas found it interesting that the political establishment is so conservative however, all the Texans I have met are the opposite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    butt, when are you going to learn to post pictures? it's really not hard. i think you're just being lazy
    I concur.



    Meet the Crusader Behind Texas' Textbook Whitewash

    The plan in Texas to rewrite history textbooks to fit a right-wing agenda could pass this week. The Guardian profiles the evangelical Christian lawyer behind the push, Cynthia Dunbar, who has plenty of interesting ways of looking at history.
    Dunbar was elected to the state board of education for her evangelical Christian credentials, but no real surprise there because we already know that Texas has a large number of crazies in positions of power. A proponent of home and Christian private schooling, Dunbar says that sending kids to public schools is like "throwing them in to the enemy's flames." But because of the sheer number of the state's textbook purchases, the changes suggested by Dunbar could eventually reach most of the states in America.
    The Guardian quotes Dunbar as saying:
    In Texas we have certain statutory obligations to promote patriotism and to promote the free enterprise system. There seems to have been a move away from a patriotic ideology. There seems to be a denial that this was a nation founded under God. We had to go back and make some corrections."
    What kind of corrections? Some pretty big ones!
    • Remember that thing called the slave trade? Well, it turns out what you learned was all wrong, because it wasn't some evil buying and selling of human beings, it was simply "Atlantic triangular trade."
    • The Civil Rights Movement created "unrealistic expectations of equal outcomes" for minorities in America. And Martin Luther King, Jr? Pretty much a Black Panther.
    • Thomas Jefferson? He was an insignificant, God-hating heathen who made sure that church and state remained separate.
    • Senator Joe McCarthy was right to go after the Godless commies in Hollywood and Washington. He will be vindicated.
    • The right to bear arms is essential to democracy and kids really need to learn this in school.
    • Sir Isaac Newton didn't know shit. We have military technology to thank for America's successes in science. So please, take the time to write Lockheed Martin and let them know that you appreciate everything they do for America.
    • Along with military technology, America can only flourish economically through "minimal government intrusion and taxation."
    • Capitalism was once a great word, but has been dragged through the mud by liberals. We now call it "free enterprise."
    • The Israel-Palestine conflict? Blame the whole thing on a bunch of dang fundamentalist Muslims.
    • Moses had a greater influence on the US Constitution than Thomas Jefferson did.
    Advising Dunbar and the school board is David Barton, founder of the revisionist group WallBuilders, whose stated goal is "to exert a direct and positive influence in government, education, and the family by (1) educating the nation concerning the Godly foundation of our country; (2) providing information to federal, state, and local officials as they develop public policies which reflect Biblical values; and (3) encouraging Christians to be involved in the civic arena." Because if Christians aren't involved in the indoctrination of our youth, then the terrorist-loving liberals will continue to ruin our nation unchecked.
    For more information, be sure to check out Dunbar's book, One Nation Under God, which is "an undeniable tool in the fight against the spiritual and political propaganda dispensed through media and special interest groups." You understand now? That Goddamn dang liberal media is hell bent on destroying our values. Take a stand.
    Source: Meet the Crusader Behind Texas' Textbook Whitewash - Texas - Gawker
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    In the past four years, Christian conservatives have won almost half the seats on the Texas education board and can rely on other Republicans for support on most issues.
    This explains a lot about Texas & the GOP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    are we sure this isn't purple rain?



    butt, when are you going to learn to post pictures? it's really not hard. i think you're just being lazy
    I'm not lazy! I just cannot figure it out. I mean, it took me three or four years to figure out how to get an avatar so what do you people expect?
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    Quote Originally Posted by buttmunch View Post
    I'm not lazy! I just cannot figure it out. I mean, it took me three or four years to figure out how to get an avatar so what do you people expect?
    butt! it's beyond easy. twitchy has posted several tutorial. i will dig one up now. it shows you how to host the pic on photobucket or imageshack or one of those sites.
    or you can just hotlink the entire article and to do that, all you have to do is select it, copy it, and paste it onto your reply, picture and all.

    i will search for one of twitchy's tutorials and post that too.
    so, no more excuses, butt! i want to see a butt post with a picture in it today, or tomorrow at the latest. got it?

    eta: here it is, the buttface tutorial:

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    Buttface tutorial:

    1. Right click on image.
    2. click on "Properties"
    3. Highlight the "Location" (look for the thing that usually starts with http and ends with something like .jpg or .gif)
    4. Copy that (you can press Ctrl and C at the same time as a keyboard shortcut)
    5. Go here: ImageShack® - Image Hosting
    6. where it says "Upload" then "image", "url" and"webcam", make the green dot highlight "url"
    7. Paste the url f the picture that you copied into the space provided (Ctrl and V is your keyboard shortcut here)
    8. hit "host it"
    9. select the code you want (hotlink for forums will do), copy that, paste it here
    10. Voila!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    butt! it's beyond easy. twitchy has posted several tutorial. i will dig one up now. it shows you how to host the pic on photobucket or imageshack or one of those sites.
    or you can just hotlink the entire article and to do that, all you have to do is select it, copy it, and paste it onto your reply, picture and all.

    i will search for one of twitchy's tutorials and post that too.
    so, no more excuses, butt! i want to see a butt post with a picture in it today, or tomorrow at the latest. got it?

    eta: here it is, the buttface tutorial:
    I remember Twitch posting that for me and got confused. Also, what the hell is hotlinking? I*m going to give it a go once again but no laughing if I fail.
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    ^^^
    hotlinking = just copying and pasting an article from another page on to the board, without uploading the image on photobucket/imageshack, etc. first.
    come on butt, post a picture. do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it do it
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