Texas public schools are still teaching creationism, claim “the Bible is the written word of God,” and that Christ rose from the dead — all of which is illegal.
“These are some of the findings detailed in Reading, Writing & Religion II, a new report by the Texas Freedom Network that investigates how public schools in the Lone Star State promote religious fundamentalism under the guise of offering academic courses about the Bible,” Josh Harkinson at Mother Jones reports today:
The report, written by Mark Chancey, a professor of religious studies at Southern Methodist University, found that more than half of the state’s public-school Bible courses taught students to read the book from a specifically Christian theological perspective—a clear violation of rules governing the seperation of church and state.
Many school districts pushed specific strains of fundamentalism in the classes:
“The Bible is the written word of God,” proclaims a slide shown to students in suburban Houston’s Klein Independent School District (ISD). Another slide adds: “The Bible is united in content because there is no contradictions [sic] in the writing. The reason for this is because that Bible is written under God’s direction and inspiration.”
A PowerPoint slide in Brenham ISD in Central Texas claims that “Christ’s resurrection was an event that occurred in time and space—that is was, in reality, historical and notmythological.” (emphasis in original)
In North Texas, Prosper ISD promotes the Rapture, claiming in course materials that “the first time the Lord gathered his people back was after the Babylonian captivity. The second time the Lord will gather his people back will be at the end of the age.”
Aside from indoctrinating children at a young age with false “facts,” imagine how LGBTQ youth are even more impacted. For some, likely many, their families, churches, and their schools are teaching them they are sinners destined for hell.
You can read the Texas Freedom Network’s full report here (PDF).
Image: Powerpoint slide used by one Texas school district, via Texas Freedom Network
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