Blasphemous prayer in Texas


One might have thought it improbable, if not impossible.

Texas State Board of Education Member Cynthia Dunbar, in a parting shot, concedes the grounds upon which a challenge might be made to the gutting of social studies standards she wishes to accomplish today.  Is there any doubt her intent is solely religious?

Tip of the old scrub brush to the Texas Freedom Network, for capturing this event for history.

8 Responses to Blasphemous prayer in Texas

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Tony, why would you rather the legislature do it? And what action would you want to see the lege do?

    Interesting view. I would think a court rebuke would leave it to the new board to fix . . . do you disagree?

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  2. Tony Whitson says:

    Are there any grounds for seeking an injunction to prevent these standards from taking effect?

    I don’t know about an injunction, but a leader in the TX Leg Hispanic caucus told the Board Wed that the extent of changes they have made since they last involved the experts meant that they could be found to be acting outside their legislative authority, and that this was being studied legally in the Legislature.

    I would much rather see it done in the Legislature, rather than in court.

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  3. Tony Whitson says:

    Invite the discussion board over here. … If they have something good and important to say, it’ll be indexed better on the web.

    WordPress.com (which hosts his blog, and mine) does an excellent job on this.

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  4. Ed Darrell says:

    This is probably more suited to a discussion board . . .

    Invite the discussion board over here. I can use the traffic. They won’t get censored stupidly, like the old AOL boards. If they have something good and important to say, it’ll be indexed better on the web.

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  5. Ed Darrell says:

    It’s gonna be a while. Our high school is about 85% Hispanic. The current curriculum is irrelevant to way too many of them — Phyllis Schlafly? Are you kidding me?

    Our kids have grandparents with 300-year-old roots in northern New Mexico, and in Durango, Mexico. 1776? Their families were already well established in this part of America, and Patrick Henry didn’t have a clue.

    The demography is already changed. In a few years whites will be an absolute minority. Will the Texas State School Board look more like Texas then? Not without a lot of work.

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  6. Jim Stanley says:

    Ed and all…

    This is probably more suited to a discussion board but I’m wondering how long this Christo-Fascism can survive in Texas? Given the demographic changes taking place, will Texas even be a Red state 20 (or even ten) years from now? Are these extremist outbursts the last gasp of the Talibagelicals who know their sun is setting?

    Of course, that’s not to argue we should sit idly by. The opening prayer alone was enough to make this Christian retch. Whatever happened to “do unto others as you would have done unto you”? And the history standards are…well…tantamount to substituting fiction for fact. We might as well hand out copies of Jason and the Argonauts and call it history. Goodbye James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. Hello Jefferson Davis and Phyllis Schlafly. What a travesty!

    I do wonder though. Do the Birchers and CCC’ers sense that their time is short?

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  7. Ed Darrell says:

    Not sure. There should be. Generally, in administrative law, an agency needs to have a “rational basis” for making regulations. Surely some of these changes are driven by religious animus, and not by any pedagogical or social studies discipline’s general findings.

    Who has standing to sue? Would a Texas court want to get involved? Is there a clear federal issue?

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  8. Elf Eye says:

    Are there any grounds for seeking an injunction to prevent these standards from taking effect?

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