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Louisiana will invest in schools using Christian Fundamentalist textbooks

Louisiana will invest in schools using Christian Fundamentalist textbooks

For the 2012-2013 school year, Louisiana will invest in textbooks, which promote the Far Right agenda and students will receive state voucher money to attend Christian schools, thanks to a bill by Governor Bobby Jindal.  The state will divert $1 million federal tax money from public school to private Christian schools called Eternity Christian Academy, in Westlake, Louisiana.

“[A]ccording to its mission statement, offers "a quality faith-based curriculum that is soley [sic] based on principles from the Bible …"

According to Bruce Wilson, the textbook include racism, bigotry, and pseudo-science.

Wilson stated that some of these textbooks teach that the Loch Ness Monster is real and disproves Evolution.  The books call Nessie a living dinosaur, called plesiosaur.

“On the list of schools approved to receive funding through the new voucher funding, that critics warn could eventually cut public school funding in half, are schools that teach from the Christian fundamentalist A Beka Book, Bob Jones University Press, and Accelerated Christian Education curriculum.”

He also co-produced a documentary that tells what these books include by way of history and science.  Some of the agenda includes teaching children the Ku Klux Klan did good by fighting the decline in morality, using the cross, and putting Black people in their place (see video below).  It also teaches, “God used the Trail of Tears to bring Indians to Christ”.

From the Eternity Christian Academy website, which uses the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum (ACE), Wilson summarises the 5 Even Worse Lies from Accelerated Christian Education, which are:

- Science Proves Homosexuality is a Learned Behavior
- The Second Law of Thermodynamics Disproves Evolution
- No Transitional Fossils Exist
- Humans and Dinosaurs Co-Existed
- Evolution Has Been Disproved
- A Japanese Whaling Boat Found a Dinosaur
- Solar Fusion is a Myth

He quotes Scaramanga as saying, “…Rather than weighing evidence objectively, the ACE system rejects any science that contradicts the Bible, stating, "True science will never contradict the Bible because God created both the universe and Scripture…If a scientific theory contradicts the Bible, then the theory is wrong and must be discarded."

Wilson quotes examples from the A Beka Book and Bob Jones University Press textbooks are the follows:

-  Only ten percent of Africans can read or write, because Christian mission schools have been shut down by communists.
- "the [Ku Klux] Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross… In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians."
- "God used the 'Trail of Tears' to bring many Indians to Christ."
- It "cannot be shown scientifically that that man-made pollutants will one day drastically reduce the depth of the atmosphere's ozone layer."
- "God has provided certain 'checks and balances' in creation to prevent many of the global upsets that have been predicted by environmentalists."
- the Great Depression was exaggerated by propagandists, including John Steinbeck, to advance a socialist agenda.
- "Unions have always been plagued by socialists and anarchists who use laborers to destroy the free-enterprise system that hardworking Americans have created."
- Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential win was due to an imaginary economic crisis created by the media.
- "The greatest struggle of all time, the Battle of Armageddon, will occur in the Middle East when Christ returns to set up his kingdom on earth."

The science taught is Creationism and not Evolution.  According to Wilson, Scaramanga, who said he “survived the ACE”, stated on his blog, "Everything about ACE is inimical to responsible education.  It serves no purpose except to brainwash children and give parents the feeling that their children are being placed on the way to godliness. It is a travesty of schooling.  Any teacher with any dignity or integrity would not put children anywhere near ACE."

Below is the full 35-minute version of the documentary on these text books that Louisiana plans to use in their schools, especially those associated with the Association for Christian Schools International (ACSI).

The full length video is divided into two parts: 1) a section of quotes from many different A Beka and Bob Jones textbooks, and 2) a section on some of the Pennsylvania private schools and their supporters, who are working to expand the benefits these schools would receive through vouchers and a larger EITC program.

This video is about Pennsylvania, but what is seen in this video is also taking place in Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Georgia, and other states with school vouchers and/or corporate tax credit programs.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
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