"HA! Take that you dang heathens!"

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21 June 2007 14:10

Email I received from People for the American Way:

Believe it or not, that "dang heathens" quote is from a Texas school official crowing about choosing a Bible course that violates the First Amendment—it promotes Christian fundamentalism in public schools. In a lawsuit recently filed in federal court, PFAWF lawyers are representing eight parents who want to stop it. Will you help us help them?

Protect the separation between church and state with a tax-deductible donation of $30, $45, $75 or any amount you can afford. 

In Odessa, Texas, the county school board is using a curriculum created by the right-wing National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS). On the organization's Web site, a NCBCPS board member suggests contacting NCBCPS as the "first step to get God back into your public school."

There is a right way to teach about the Bible in public schools, but this isn't it. The Bible can't be used in public schools to promote religion in general, or to promote one religion over others. In Odessa, students have been required to give "true" or "false" answers to statements involving matters of religious faith, including Jesus' resurrection.

I wish I could tell you that what is happening in Odessa is an isolated case. But it's not.

In 2000, People For the American Way Foundation's expose of "Bible History"-teaching in Florida public high schools documented stunning material in exams and lesson plans, including:

Why is it hard for a non-Christian to understand things about God?
Q. Who, according to Jesus, is the father of the Jews?  A. The Devil
In response to our report, the state of Florida put an end to those classes. But unconstitutional courses are still being promoted all over the country. 

Back in Texas, the legislature this year considered a bill to require all school districts to offer high school elective courses about the Bible. The original bill promoted one religious view of the Bible and included no requirements for teacher training. It was a recipe for disaster. The Texas office of our affiliate, People For the American Way, and PFAW's legal team, presented important analysis and testimony to the state legislature about the bill's constitutional failings, and the bill was substantially amended to provide vital protections. 

But even impressive victories like these don't stop the Religious Right groups that are relentless about using public schools to promote their brand of religion. They're bringing the movement's money and legal firepower to Odessa.

This is one case we can ill-afford to lose. If you care about the First Amendment, join with us now. If you want to protect America’s children from religious indoctrination at the taxpayer's expense, help make sure these Odessa parents prevail. If you know it's the right thing to do, do it today.

Protect the separation between church and state with a tax-deductible donation of $30, $45, $75 or any amount you can afford. 

People For the American Way Foundation has a 25-year tradition of protecting the separation of church and state. As a father, I feel strongly about protecting parents' rights to raise their children as they think is best. Please do whatever you can to help.

Thank you.


Ralph G. Neas
President, People For the American Way Foundation

P.S. Religious teaching belongs at home or in houses of worship. Not in the public schools. And not at the taxpayers' expense. Help defend religious liberty and the separation of church and state. Help us WIN in Odessa.


I posted this to show what's going on in American schools, not to solicit money for the organization.