Here it is, explicitly, on video: a fervent prayer for a theocratic USA, offered up by one of the Christianists on Texas’ Board of Education.

So began the Board’s debate today over what students in the state will henceforth learn about the separation of church and state.

Go to the site to see the video.

MCM

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Texas Freedom Network <tfn@tfn.org>
Date: Fri, May 21, 2010 at 2:33 PM
Subject: SBOE Update: Dunbar uses prayer to make a political point

‘Christian Land Governed by Christian┬áPrinciples’
http://tfninsider.org/
Even before the Texas State Board of Education took up its expected debate today over what students will learn about separation about church and state in their social studies classrooms, board member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, made her position clear. She offered the board’s opening prayer this morning and removed any doubt about what she and other far-right board members want students to learn: America’s laws and government should be based on the Christian Bible.
Stop what you are doing and watch this video now — you have to see it to believe it.
Laying out in blunt language the “Christian nation” vision of American history that the board’s powerful bloc of social conservatives espouses, Dunbar threw down the gauntlet:
“I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the spirit of the savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses.”
“Whether we look to the first charter of Virginia, or the charter of New England┼áthe same objective is present – a Christian land governed by Christian principles.”
“I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country.”
You will recall that Dunbar, in her 2008 book, One Nation Under God, argued that the Founders created “an emphatically Christian government” (page 18 of her book) and that government should be guided by a “biblical litmus test” (page 47). Even more damning, this State Board of Education member wrote that public education is a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion,” tyrannical and unconstitutional.
And today she will help decide what the next generation of Texas students will learn about separation of church and state in their public school classrooms.
You can follow the conclusion to this embarrassing saga on our liveblog at TFNInsider.org. And look for an e-mail later today with the final decision of the board — and what we can do now to restore sanity and respectability to Texas education.
It’s important that all Texans see how bad things have gotten at the state board.
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2 Comments to “In Texas, a fervent public plea for a US theocracy”

  • The quote that you mock here as a radical right-wing statement was actually a real quote from the liberal icon, US Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, quoted in Time Magazine, in February 1954. These words belong to the liberals, not the right-wingers.

  • First of all, I don’t “mock” those words; I deplore them.

    Second, when Earl Warren spoke those words at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1954, he was not one of “the liberals,” but a conservative Republican. The liberalism that marked his tenure as Chief Justice came as a big surprise to everyone.

    In any case, those words do NOT, in any sense, “belong to the liberals,” as they extoll a theocratic mission that no liberal ever would support. (Nor, in fact, would many genuine conservatives support them. Check out Barry Goldwater’s history with the Christian right.)

    The National Prayer Breakfast, where Warren spoke those words, was the work of Christianists intent on turning the US into a theocratic state. Their top congressional ally was Sen. Frank Carlson (R-Kansas), who was not a liberal either. (You can read about the history of the NPF in Jeff Sharlet’s book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.)

    In any case, it makes no difference that Earl Warren was the author of the quote used by the Christianists in Texas yesterday. What matters is that they have scored a major victory in their long crusade to end our national history as a secular democracy.

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