Texas is manipulating the textbook market to force Christianist revisionism on the entire country.
Republican board member burst out in seemingly embarrassed exasperation, “Guys, you’re rewriting history now!” Nevertheless, most of McLeroy’s proposed amendments passed by a show of hands.
Other states are providing excuses for bad education to give Christianist revisionists more allowance like in Oklahoma:
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed a bill that says that a student can receive a passing grade in an Earth Science class if they say that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the Earth an hour ago, and then planted false memories into every single living creature on Earth to make it seem like they’ve been around longer.
Of course, that’s not the intent of the bill. The intent is that a student can say the Earth is 6000 years old and still get a passing grade. The bill itself says that a student cannot be graded down if they say that what they are being taught interferes with their religious beliefs.
There are many such statements in the bill, and I’m cool with them, since all of them fall under a student’s Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech. Stating this is like stating they should be allowed to breathe or have their heart beat. By putting that up front and center, the bill crafters make it seem like this freedom is in jeopardy. It isn’t.
…But the biggest grievance I have with this ridiculous declaration is this one:
[A teacher shall] NOT BE REQUIRED TO TEACH A TOPIC THAT VIOLATES HIS OR HER RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND NOT BE DISCIPLINED FOR REFUSING TO TEACH THE TOPIC;
To be blunt, this is unacceptable. If you are a biology teacher and refuse to teach evolution, then you should be disciplined at the very least. If you still refuse to teach it, then you can either be given a different class to teach, or face termination. Teachers are obligated by their job duties to teach standards-based curricula, and if they refuse, they are in dereliction of their duty as teachers.
The further we go down this road, the more I am convinced we’re on the fast track towards The Handmaid’s Tale.
Set in the near future, in a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government, The Handmaid’s Tale explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain agency.
The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the Republic of Gilead, a country formed within the borders of what was formerly the United States of America by a racist, male chauvinist, nativist, theocratic-organized military coup motivated by an ideologically-driven response to the pervasive ecological degradation of the land due to nuclear meltdowns in California caused by “the Big One” earth-quake happening, widespread infertility due to AIDS and “R-Strain” Syphilis epidemics, and the attendant social dislocations. Beginning with a staged terrorist attack killing the President and ousting Congress blamed on Muslim terrorists, a movement calling itself the “Sons of Jacob” launched a revolution under the pretext of restoring order, suspending the US Constitution. Given electronic banking they were quickly able to freeze the assets of all women and other undesirables in the country, stripping their rights away. The new theocratic military dictatorship, styled “The Republic of Gilead”, moved quickly to consolidate its power and reorganize society along a new militarized, hierarchical, compulsorily-Christian regime of Old Testament-inspired social and religious orthodoxy among its newly-created social classes.
The story is presented from the point of view of a woman called Offred (not her real name; it is a patronymic slave name that means “Of Fred”, referring to the man she serves). The character is one of a class of individuals kept as a concubine (“handmaid”) for reproductive purposes by the ruling class. In the novel’s fictional epilogue, the events of the novel occur shortly after the beginning of what is called “the Gilead period.” The epilogue itself is a “transcription of a Symposium on Gileadean Studies written some time in the distant future (2195),” and according to the symposium’s “keynote speaker” Professor Pieixoto, he and “a colleague” Professor Knotly Wade discovered Offred’s narrative recorded onto “thirty” supposedly unnumbered “cassette tapes,” placed these tapes in a “probable order” and transcribed them, calling them collectively “the handmaid’s tale” — a reference to the Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer. Offred’s narrative is disjointed in a grim, internal stream of consciousness style, out of order, and unfinished, ending abruptly when she indicates that she is about to be escorted away in a van to an unknown fate.
In essence, we’re creating a situation where we are softening up, or even indoctrinating directly, this type of society into the future, our children. It has already begun:
“We are facing a national security threat in this country that is every bit as significant in magnitude, width and breadth internally as that presented externally by the now-resurgent Taliban and al-Qaeda. And it is the destruction of the US constitutionally mandated wall separating metaphysical and physical, spiritual and non-spiritual, church and state, in the technologically most lethal organisation every created by humankind, which is our honourable and noble military. I’m here to report to you today that that wall is nothing but smoke and debris. We are facing an absolute fundamentalist Christianisation – a Talibanisation – of the US Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force.” -Mikey Weinstein
Here is some more on that. If the military is going to be indoctrinated as a conservative, Christian organization, who will defend the freedoms of people who aren’t pro-Christianist revision/reformation leading us into a Handmaid’s Tale scenario? No one, tha
God save us all.