Vouchers/Tax Credits Funding Creationism, Revisionist History, Hostility Toward Other Religions
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Are your state's tax dollars funding the teaching of religious supremacism and bigotry?  What about Creationism?  The answer is undoubtedly yes, if you live in a state with a voucher or corporate tax credit program funding "school choice."
Religious schools across the nation are receiving public funds through voucher and corporate tax credit programs. Many hundreds, if not thousands, of these schools use Protestant fundamentalist textbooks that teach not only Creationism, but also a religious supremacist worldview, with a shocking spin on politics, history, and human rights.
The following article was first published at Alternet.org. This expanded version includes  footnoting of the textbook quotes.

In twelve states and the District of Columbia, almost 200,000 students attend private schools with at least part of their tuition paid with public funds. The money is taken from public school budgets to fund vouchers or by diverting state tax revenues to tuition grants through corporate tax credit programs.  An interconnected group of non-profits and political action committees, led by the wealthy right-wing school privatization advocate Betsy DeVos and heavily funded by a few mega-donors, is working to expand these programs across the nation. The DeVos-led American Federation for Children hosted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Michelle Rhee at a national policy summit earlier in May.

Take a look at what growing numbers of students are being taught with taxpayer funding.  The textbook quotes are followed by a description of the Florida tax credit program, the largest of its type in the country.
The Textbooks

In 2003, Dr. Frances Paterson, a specialist in education law, published Democracy and Intolerance: Christian School Curricula, School Choice, and Public Policy summarizing her extensive study of the curricula of the three most widely-used Protestant fundamentalist textbook publishers in the nation: A Beka Book, Pensacola, Florida; Bob Jones University Publishing, Greenville South Carolina; and Accelerated Christian Education, Lewisville, Texas. 

Her research included surveys in Florida, including one of private schools receiving public funding in the Orlando area. Of those that responded, 52% used A Beka textbooks, 24% used Bob Jones and 15% used ACE.  A Beka publishers reported that about 9,000 schools nationwide purchase their textbooks. 

In 2003, the Palm Beach Post conducted its own survey of Florida's voucher schools, and, of the religious schools that responded, 43% used either A Beka or Bob Jones curriculum. The percentages may be higher in Florida than some other states; however, these three curricula series are used by thousands of private schools across the country.

The textbooks' position on social issues are virulent anti-gay, similar to those of Religious Right organizations (heavily funded by Betsy DeVos and family) that have been labeled as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and they are fiercely anti-abortion; but  they also teach a radical laissez-faire capitalism. Government safety nets, regulation, minimum wage, and progressive taxes are described as contrary to the Bible.  Many of these textbooks were first published in the 1980s, evidence that the merging of Religious Right ideology with extreme free market economics predates the Tea Party movement by many years.

The textbooks exhibit hostility toward other religions - Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, traditional African religions, and Native American religions - and other Christians are also targeted, including non-evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics.

All three series include biblical Creationism in their science curriculum.  

The following textbook quotes about social issues, science, history, government, economics, and religion, are taken from Dr. Paterson's documentation or directly from my own collection of textbooks from the three publishers.

Social Issues

Paterson's book summarizes the worldview of government and politics presented in these texts with the title "Deluded Democrats, Liberal Villains, and Conservative Heroes."  As Paterson points out, these texts use descriptors for people and groups "that make clear to the reader that some are more acceptable than others and that many are simply unacceptable."

The term liberal is associated throughout all three series with moral decline.  For example, under the subtitle "A Liberal Supreme Court," an A Beka eighth-grade text reads, "the Supreme Court made several liberal decisions in the 1970s, indicating the moral decline of the nation as a whole."1  Another A Beka text states, "Modern liberalism has had many tragic consequences - war, tyranny, and despair - for mankind."2

An A Beka government text describes Roe v. Wade. "Ignoring 3,500 years of Judeo-Christian civilization, religion, morality, and law, the Burger Court held that an unborn child is was not a living person but rather the "property" of the mother (much like slaves were considered property in the 1857 case of  Dred Scott v. Sandford)."3

Both Roe v. Wade and Brown v. Board of Education are described as social activism by the Supreme Court.  The Bob Jones texts states, "While the end was a noble one - ending discrimination in schools - the means were troublesome."  The text continues, "liberals were not willing to wait for a political solution."4

A Bob Jones current events text argues against legal protection for homosexuals, stating, "These people have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists."5  Another Bob Jones text uses an often-repeated phrase that homosexuals and abortion-rights supporters are "simply calling evil good."6

History and Government

These texts are less militantly Christian nationalists than some other homeschooling and private school textbooks, such as the popular America's Providential History.  Nevertheless they present a view of the nation's history and government that parallels that of the Religious Right.

The textbooks describe the government's role as "restraining evil."  The A Beka civics text states, "God's original purpose for government was to punish the evil and reward the good."7 The same text describes the ideal form of government.  "All governments are ordained by God, but none compare to government by God, theocracy."8

Predating today's "tenther" movement, the texts consistently accuse the federal government of exceeding its constitutional authority as described in the Tenth Amendment and taking powers that belong to the states.  The Fourteenth Amendment, passed during Reconstruction to give citizenship to African Americans, is criticized as taking away state's rights.

Paterson points out that more emphasis is put on slavery as "a cause of civil unrest and radicalism than on the institution itself." Concerning slavery in America, an A Beka text states, "A few slave holders were undeniably cruel. Examples of slaves beaten to death were not common, neither were they unknown.  The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well."9

The evangelizing of slaves and Native Americans is emphasized in a chapter dedicated to mission work in the A Beka text. (Graphic at right.) It states, "To help them endure the difficulties of slavery, God gave Christian slaves the ability to combine the African heritage of song with the dignity of Christian praise.  Through the Negro spiritual, the slaves developed the patience to wait on the Lord and discovered that the truest freedom is from the bondage of sin. By first giving them their spiritual freedom, God prepared the slaves for their coming physical freedom. "10

A Bob Jones history text states that the Klu Klux Klan fed on "racism and bigotry" but then states  that "the 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 to target bootleggers, wife beaters and immoral movies."11

In an A Beka high school history text, American education is described in glowing terms until the 1920s, when damaging influences of liberalism began to sweep the nation.  Under the heading "Liberalism in American Life" these influences are described as the social gospel, socialism, secular psychology, progressive education, and secular humanism.12  But perhaps the most destructive idea to sweep the nation in the 20th century was Charles Darwin's doctrine of evolution, according to the text.13

An ACE text states, "There are several reasons why America has not experienced a great spiritual awakening.  The humanist educational system, media , and mindset have trained North Americans to rationalize away much of the Bible and its teaching."14

Under the subtitle "Socialist Propaganda" in an A Beka text, the Great Depression is described as having been exaggerated so that Franklin Delano Roosevelt could pass New Deal legislation.  The text states, "Perhaps the best known work of propaganda to come from the Depression was John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. [...] Other forms of propaganda included rumors of mortgage foreclosures, mass evictions, and hunger riots and exaggerated statistics representing the number of unemployed and homeless people in America."15  

Ironically, the same A Beka text claims that the New Deal prolonged the Depression.  The purpose of the Taft-Hartley Act, which began to unravel New Deal legislation, is described as "to remove certain labor abuses and to curb the growing power of labor unions over individuals and employers."

Commentary on the Vietnam War states that it divided the country into the "hawks who supported the fight against Communism, and doves, who were soft on Communism."16  

Throughout these texts the tone of despair changes as President Ronald Reagan's presidency is celebrated.  A fourth-grade A Beka text announces the administration of Ronald Reagan under the heading "A Return to Patriotism and Family Values," while the high school text announces it as a "revival of patriotism.

Even after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the textbooks continue to promote fears of communism invading American life.  An A Beka text states, "It is no wonder that Satan hates the family and has hurled his venom against it in the form of Communism."17  The same text claims "history shows socialism gradually opens the door to Communism."  The terms socialist and socialism are used repeatedly in references to Democratic presidents.

The A Beka high school text describes President Bill Clinton's administration. "The First Lady announced that she would personally lead the effort to implement a plan for socialized medicine in the United States.  Bill Clinton's running mate, Al Gore, a senator from Tennessee known for his radical environmentalism, became the new Vice President."18


These textbooks provide a window into a worldview that has recently impacted the political scene - the merger of social conservatism with radical free market ideology. 

Global warming is presented as a theory that is "simply not supported by scientific evidence,"19 and is supposedly promoted by environmentalists for destructive reasons, according to the A Beka economics text.  ""Global environmentalists have said and written enough to leave no doubt that their goal is to destroy the prosperous economies of the world's richest nations."  

In the same text a graphic of Bruegel's famous painting of the biblical Tower of Babel is followed by a presentation of globalism in conspiratorial "one-world government" terms.  This chapter on globalism describes the forces behind a one-world government as the United Nations, European Union, trade agreements (because they take away sovereignty), peace organizations and environmentalists, but includes no criticism of multi-national corporations.

A sidebar in the chapter on globalism explains that many Christians believe that that this "drive toward a one-world government fits in with prophecies" about the Antichrist and the end times.  
"But instead of this world unification ushering in an age of prosperity and peace, as most globalists believe it will, it will be a time of unimaginable human suffering as recorded in God's Word.  The Anti-christ will tightly regulate who may buy and sell."20

The authorship of this text is credited to the late Russell Kirk, an economist awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Ronald Reagan. The edition from which I took the above quotes was published after Kirk's death, but still lists him as author.
The text includes lessons in the form of fictional accounts of companies.   For example, the fictitious Gray Iron Fabricating is described as failing due to the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and lawsuits: one brought by the widow of a man electrocuted on the job (he failed to follow safety instructions), and a second by a female junior executive who was passed over for a promotion in favor of a man. This section of the text is followed by a cartoon and the story of "The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs"-  implying that government and greedy workers are destroying businesses. 

Sweden and Canada are portrayed as "unwittingly snared in the command policies of socialism." Based on the text, a reader might conclude that these nations are failed states.21  


At first glance, much of the material is little different from other science texts.  However, each of the ones I have collected contains a chapter or section on creationism, and, on closer inspection, it becomes clear that no instruction is included in the text that would conflict with young earth creationism, the belief that the earth is only a few thousand years old.

The A Beka website advertises it's fifth grade text, Observing God's World, as, "This teachable, readable, and memorable book presents the universe as the direct creation of God and refutes the idea of man-made evolution."  A section on the origin of the universe retells the Genesis story of creation and states, "Throughout history there have been people, even scientists, who have thought up their own stories of how things came to be."22

A quiz in the teacher's guide for the A Beka eighth grade text Matter and Motion asks, "Why did superstition take the place of science during the Middle Ages?"  The answer key tells us, "People did not have the Bible to guide them in their beliefs.  Many looked back to the false ideas of Aristotle."23  The next question is, "Why did modern science begin so suddenly in the 1500s?" The answer given is, "As people returned to the authority of the Scriptures during the Protestant Reformation (1517), they started learning the truth about God and His creation." 

A three page section in this A Beka text leads with a headline "Two Faiths: Creation and Evolution" and states, "Creation, not evolution, is based on a reasonable faith."24  The section on Darwin is headlined "Evolution: Faith Disguised as Science."25 A Bob Jones science text includes a chapter titled "Biblical Creationism," claiming that evolution cannot be a part of science, since it can not be observed and must be accepted by faith.

The same Bob Jones text explains, "From a Christian standpoint, there are only two worldviews from which to choose - a Christian worldview or a non-Christian worldview.  The most important beliefs in a Christian worldview are the beliefs that the Bible is the Word of God and the only completely reliable thing in this world."26

The text suggests that sedimentary fossils were formed in Noah's flood.  One-and-a-half pages are dedicated to the possibility that the Bible refers to dinosaurs and closes with the warning, "Bible-believing Christians cannot accept any evolutionary interpretation.  Dinosaurs and humans were definitely on the earth at the same time and may have even lived side by side within the past few thousand years."27  

Religion and Ethnicity 

Paterson described the texts as "having an arrogance and hostility toward non-Western religions that is truly breathtaking"

An A Beka grammar school text states that traditional African religions are "false religious beliefs" from the Egyptian descendants of the biblical figure Ham.28 A fifth-grade text tells a narrative of a great chief who was a Christian convert, although his subjects were "ruled by witchcraft," and drank corn beer that made them "lazy and wicked."29 The claims of witchcraft are ironic given the fact that many of the schools using these textbooks are associated with churches that have joined the current wave of obsession with witchcraft and expelling demons.

All three publishers stress the need for missionary work and reject religious pluralism. Non-Christians are described as living in "spiritual darkness," which is credited as the source of poverty and societal ills.  

The teacher's edition of an  A Beka geography text describes "Modern Africa's Needs" as follows.  "Africa is a continent with many needs.  It is still in need of the gospel.  Many people have gone there as missionaries but the continent is so vast, and spirit worship and the Muslim religion so strong, that only a small percentage of Africans claim to be Christians. [...] Only about ten percent of Africans can read and write.  In some areas the mission schools have been shut down by Communists who have taken over the government..."30  

These statements are not factual and were not in 2004, when this text was published.

One of the more horrific episodes in American history, the Cherokee "Trail of Tears," is apparently mitigated by the fact that "God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ," according to an A Beka text.31

Paterson points out that several textbooks claim that Chinese ideographs indicate that the Chinese people once had access to "biblical truth" but later embraced false religions including Confucianism.  I've seen this curious and factually-flawed argument in a number of other sources that claim, for example, that  the Chinese character for boat indicates that ancient Chinese knew of the Noah story.

Islam is also portrayed as a false religion and Hinduism is described as "devastating to India's history."32  Followers of Shintoism are described as being "very similar to the Jewish Pharisees whom Jesus condemned for putting outward cleanliness above inward purity."33

Although the texts repeatedly use the term "Judeo-Christian," Jews are also considered to be in need of conversion.  An ACE text states, "Not realizing that he is already come, Orthodox Jews continue to look for their Messiah.  As the end time prophesied in the Bible draws near, many Jews are now turning to Jesus Christ and accepting him as Messiah." 34  A Bob Jones text states, "Today the Jews of Israel and those living in other countries need to learn that they must have Christ's righteousness through faith."35

Non-evangelical and non-fundamentalist Protestant denominations are described as liberal, a dirty word in these texts.  Paterson dedicates an entire chapter of her book to examples of anti-Roman Catholic bias, which is taught to students beginning around the fifth grade.  Catholicism is described with terms such as distorted, false, and error.  A Bob Jones high school text states, "The seed of error that took root during the fourth and fifth centuries blossomed into the Roman Catholic Church - a perversion of biblical Christianity."36 
An A Beka text reads, "the doctrines and practices of the Roman church had digressed so far from Scripture that the church was compelled to keep its members from reading the Bible and discovering the truth."37 The A Beka text also repeatedly uses the term Romanism, which has pejorative connotations and has been used as a slur against Catholics for generations.  It is still used by apocalyptic televangelists, like John Hagee, claiming that "Romanism" is the biblical "Whore of Babylon" in his descriptions of the destruction of Rome and the Catholic Church in the end times.

In a perverse irony, the pro-voucher proponents working to remove the clauses in state constitutions that prevent public funding of religious schools, claim that this must be done because these "no aid" clauses, also known as Blaine Amendments, are a vestige of historic anti-Catholicism.

Math and Reading

The worldview of these textbook publishers impact areas that you might not suspect, including choosing phonics over whole language reading instruction and rejecting the teaching of set theory in mathematics, both on religious grounds.  The A Beka publishers advertise the math curriculum as, "A Beka Book provides attractive, legible, workable traditional mathematics texts that are not burdened with modern theories such as set theory."

Florida's Corporate Tax Credit Program - Do They Know What They Are Funding?

According to the 2010-2011 yearbook of the  Alliance for School Choice (the 501(c)(3) under the DeVos-led American Federation for Children umbrella), Florida has the largest "school choice" program in the country, followed by Pennsylvania, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Ohio. Over 54,000 tuition recipients are enrolled in private schools in Florida, with the majority of these students in a corporate tax credit program that allows businesses to divert their taxes, dollar for dollar, up to 75% of taxes owed to the state.

Florida currently has a voucher program limited to special needs students, since the state's Supreme Court struck down a more expansive program in 2006.  The Florida House and Senate have approved a ballot initiative for the 2012 election to try to remove the "no aid" clause in the state's constitution that would open the door to Gov. Rick Scott's vouchers-for-all scheme.

Florida's corporate tax credit program disbursed the full amount allowed last year - $140 million dollars for tuition to students in 1,092 schools and has a cap of $175 million for 2011.  These funds are handed over to private non-profits for distribution, with the vast majority since 2002 disbursed through Step Up for Students, also a recipient of funding from the DeVos family foundations.  This is one of several names used by the Florida School Choice Fund, Inc. a 501(c)(3) headed by John Kirtley, a venture capitalist who is also vice chairman of the Betsy DeVos-led American Federation for Children and a director of the James Madison Institute, one of many right-wing think tanks that promote privatization of public education. (The institute's founding vice chairman, J. Stanley Marshall, has signed a proclamation calling for the end of public education.)

As of February 2011, 83.8% of the students in the Florida tax credit program were attending religious schools, approximately the same rate as Milwaukee's voucher program. However, unlike Milwaukee, hundreds of the Florida schools fall into the category of right-wing evangelical or fundamentalist, with many using A Beka, Bob Jones, or ACE curriculum.     

The Step Up For Students reports describe the typical student in the tax credit program as a minority from a one-parent home. Currently 35.6% are African American and 27.5% are Hispanic.  The organizations glossy reports tout the improved opportunities of the students provided with tuition grants to private schools.  

The Florida tax credit program is voluntarily supported by corporations including AT &T, Burger King, CVS, Lowe's, Marriott, Sysco Food Services, and others, described in the Step Up For Students annual reports as "receiving a high rate of return on their investments."  Do these corporation know what they are supporting?  The Step Up For Students reports and other pro-privatization propaganda openly report the participating private school's use of the curricula series quoted in this article, without revealing what that means.

The Step Up For Students reports also fail to include the fact that some American universities refuse to accept high school credit for courses taught from several textbooks quoted in this article.  University of California specifically cited several A Beka and Bob Jones textbooks and, although challenged in court, won the case.

Some of the glowing testimonies in the Step Up for Students annual report include this 2008 description of Bible Truth Ministries Academy.  "Students are divided into multi-grade learning groups and taught with the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum, which is self-paced and has allowed some of the students to advance well beyond their grade level."

The 2007 annual report features Esprit De Corps Center for Learning in Jacksonville.  Next to a photo of smiling African American children, smartly attired in uniforms and berets, the curriculum is touted.  "Using an A Beka curriculum designed to challenge students to reach their full potential, the school offers outstanding academic programs that provide its students with the skills and knowledge to become active, productive members of society. [...] EDC has partnered with Step Up For Students since its inception."

When the Palm Beach Post conducted its survey in 2003, The Potter's House Christian Academy was one of the major recipients of voucher funding and reported using both the A Beka and Bob Jones curriculum series.  The school is affiliated with the politically influential Jacksonville mega-church, The Potter's House Christian Fellowship, led by Bishop Vaughan McLaughlin.

In February 2005, an estimated 2200 people attended a rally at the church in support of Step Up For Students, led by Governor Jeb Bush and the state's attorney general at that time, Charlie Crist. This June, The Potter's House will be a host of the Global Day of Prayer, led by an international Charismatic network, which includes Apostle Ed Silvoso, Bishop McLaughin's spiritual mentor.  This network teaches that Christians must take control or "dominion" over government and society.  (Silvoso is the brother-in-law of evangelist Luis Palau, whose ministry has received at least 3.5 million dollars from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation.)

This tax credit program money could have been used to improve Florida's urban public schools, but that would not serve the purpose of indoctrinating the largely minority recipients of the tuition grants to the right-wing religious worldview found in these textbooks. As Frances Paterson states in her research, Americans absolutely have the right to send their children to schools that use these fundamentalist curricula. But she adds, "The public policy makers can and should ask whether the alternative system of Christian education for which they seek public approval and support is ideologically driven in ways that run contrary to the best interests of a diverse, democratic society."

Footnotes below.

Also see:

Video with excerpts from A Beka Books and Bob Jones University Press http://www.talk2action.org/story/2012/6/11/102521/762

Overview of school voucher movement
Meet the Super-Wealthy Right-Wing Family Working with the Religious Right to Kill Public Education.

Details of AFC-affiliated financing and mobilizing in Pennsylvania

Details of AFC-affiliated financing in Indiana and other states

Update on AFC-affiliate activities in Pennsylvania and sponsorship of mailer attacking opposing senator

Sources of Textbook Quotes

The textbooks were quoted directly from the volumes in my own collection or from Democracy and Intolerance: Christian School Curricula, School Choice, and Public Policy by Frances R. Paterson, published by Phi Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, Indiana, in 2003.

  1. Kurt S. Grussendorf, Michael R. Lowman, and Brian S. Ashbaugh, America: Land That I Love, Teacher Edition (Pensacola, FL: A Beka Book, 1994), p. 481.2

  2. George Thompson and Jerry Combee, World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective, Teacher Edition, 3rd ed. (Pensacola, FL: A Beka Book, 1995), p. 445.

  3. William R. Bowen et al., American Government in Christian Perspective, 2nd ed. (Pensacola, FL: A Beka Book, 1997),p. 19

    [page number correction: 6/5/11]

  4. Teacher's Resource Guide to Current Events for Christian Schools, 1998 - 1999 (Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, 1998), p. 34.

  5. Teacher's Resource Guide to Current Events for Christian Schools, 1998 - 1999, p. 216

  6. Timothy Keesee, American Government for Christian Schools, Teacher Edition (Greenville, SC: Bob Jones University Press, 1998), p. 138.

  7. Bowen et al., p. 17.

  8. Bowen et al., p. 19.

  9. Timothy Keesee and Mark Sidwell, United States History for Christian Schools, 2nd ed. (Pensacola, FL: A Beka Book, 1991), p. 219.

  10. Michael R. Lowman, George Thompson, and Kurt Grussendorf, United States History:  Heritage of Freedom, 2nd ed. (Pensacola, FL: A Beka Book, 1996), p. 219.

  11. Keesee and Sidwell, pp. 478 - 479.

  12. United States History:  Heritage of Freedom,  p. 516.13

  13. United States History:  Heritage of Freedom,  p.  520.14

  14. Approaching the Twenty-First Century, Self-Pac of Basic Education (#108) (School of Tomorrow/Accelerated Christian Education, 1996), p. 16.

  15. United States History:  Heritage of Freedom, p. 537.

  16. United States History:  Heritage of Freedom,  p.  633.

  17. Bowen et. al. p. 31.

  18. United States History:  Heritage of Freedom, p. 670.

  19.  Russell Kirk, Economics: Work and Prosperity in Christian Perspective, 2nd ed. (Pensacola, Fl: A Beka Book, 1999), p. 253.

  20. Russell Kirk, p. 256.

  21. Russell Kirk, p. 237 - 240.

  22. Gregory Rickard and Gregory Parker,  Observing God's World, 3rd ed. (Pensacola, Fl: A Beka Book, 2001), p. 356.

  23. Matter & Motion in God's Universe, Text and Quiz Book Key (Pensacola FL: A Beka Book, 1996), p. 39.

  24. Matter & Motion in God's Universe (Pensacola, Fl: A Beka Book, 1994), p. 288.

  25. Matter & Motion, p. 280.

  26. Life Science with Student Activities, 3rd ed. (Greenville, SC:  Bob Jones University Press, 2007), p. 527

  27. Life Science, p. 134.

  28. Old World History and Geography (Pensacola, FL: A Beka Book, 1991), p. 247.

  29. Old World History and Geography, p. 252.

  30. Old World History and Geography in Christian Perspective, 3rd ed. (Pensacola, FL: A Beka Book, 2004), p. 215.

  31. America: Land That I Love, p. 220.

  32. George Thompson and Jerry Combee, World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective, 2nd ed. (Pensacola, Fla: A Beka, 1997), p. 47.

  33. World Studies for Christian Schools, Teacher Edition (Greenville, SC:  Bob Jones University Press, 1993), p. 180.

  34. Approaching the Twenty-first Century Self-Pac of Basic Education (#108), p. 51.

  35. Heritage Studies for Christian Schools 6: Eastern Hemisphere Nations (Greenville, SC:  Bob Jones University Press, 1986), p. 174.

  36. David A. Fisher, World History for Christian Schools, Teachers Edition, 2nd ed.(Greenville, SC.: Bob Jones University Press, 1994), p. 114.

  37. George Thompson and Jerry Combee, World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective, 2nd ed. (Pensacola, Fla: A Beka, 1997), p. 167

I'm hoping that this will rattle the complacency of people who think regarding the dominionist churches "But it's a Church, it can't be THAT BAD!!!"

They still think in terms of everything being 'politics as usual', not seeing the threat this country is under (from within and by the people who are generally considered to be "good Americans").

by ArchaeoBob on Wed May 25, 2011 at 11:39:52 AM EST

...that this will get exposure.  People think that they know what's in these textbooks, but most don't.  

For several years I was trying to explain to a history teacher in my family what was in these textbooks, but elicited little concern.  One day I put a few of the text in front of her and left the room to make tea.  Within a few minutes she had jumped out of her seat and was yelling.  

I think you have to see it for it to fully sink in that a generation of children in America are being indoctrinated in this way.

by Rachel Tabachnick on Wed May 25, 2011 at 12:02:23 PM EST

This is almost prophetic.  This also clearly illustrates the hellhole in which I live (and dream of escaping) - central Florida west of Orlando (and this hellhole of a county is many times more conservative and dominionist than Orlando EVER was - that area is flaming liberal compared to this county).  Even the so-called "non-fundamentalist" Christian schools are teaching that crap (and they also hint at it in the public schools - see H. Roy Kaplan's "Failing Grades" and the things he encountered, which were actually relatively mild compared to what I've heard about).

We need to stop mincing words and call it what it is - LIES.

I'm seeing more and more of the fallout from that schooling - from students who attack their professors because they say something that goes against their "Christian" religion (never mind that what they think isn't even in the Bible, or even contradicts a careful reading of the scriptures), to vicious and hateful comments made in stores and in the public, to the forcing of religion on others.  I think it also has a lot to do with Trump's win - in fact, IMO there are two reasons why Trump won.  First, because of the Dominionists and church electioneering (on the sly if not overt), second because the Democrat elites INSISTED on forcing a "more of the same" candidate on us, when real change was needed.

I have to keep our "No Trespassing" sign clear of any vines or brush - if it gets even partially covered we risk having proselytizers pounding on our door.  I don't like to go into town because of the things I see and hear.  I don't even like going to school because of the sort of signs and so on I see on the way (for instance - a rabidly dominionist Southern Baptist church advertising concealed weapon permits on the same electronic sign that they promote Christianist supremacy).

Real change is going to happen - for the worse.  Our only hope would be a real miracle or some form of intervention - and it will have to be from some agency not connected to liberals or non-Christians, because anything else will start a religious war in this country.  The people we oppose won't listen (being nice to them is often taken as encouragement), it's going to take something big to make them open their eyes and change direction.  If they win, we (who aren't part of their world) will suffer - long before the reality of what they advocate directly impacts them.  I hope that the awakening doesn't come too late for the rest of humanity!

There may be bastions of freedom in the upcoming years - liberal havens like parts of California or New England... but I would expect that they would be 'punished' just as the Christians around here like to punish people who exercise freedom of speech - and say things they don't like.

by ArchaeoBob on Tue Jan 31, 2017 at 01:12:16 PM EST

They literally have no idea and are more worried about the trumped up fear of radical Islam instead of home grown radical Christianity. What the press can do to aleviate this is marked but who is researching this and what news paper would publish it?

by Nightgaunt on Sat May 28, 2011 at 11:45:47 AM EST
I talked with a colleague who works in the Mideast.  There was a "Travel advisory" on at the time, and he said that with a couple of small areas (like a couple of neighborhoods), he considered it to be anti-Muslim propaganda rather than anything valid (and that he would travel in the Mideast without any qualms).

One of my friends was doing research in countries that are portrayed as dangerous for Americans (the year before last), and had no problems whatsoever (he did have armed guards in the field, but that was against bandits).

At SAA 2006 (in Puerto Rico) the US government wouldn't allow our Cuban colleagues to present on their research, even though they had good and valid things to relate.  We were outraged.  (As if our colleagues would "infect" us or something...)

I consider the dominionists to be a far greater threat to this country than anything from outside.  I'm also of the opinion that if corporations weren't so greedy, we wouldn't have a fraction of the trouble overseas that we do.  And since people like the Koch brothers are funding the dominionists...

by ArchaeoBob on Mon May 30, 2011 at 02:22:14 PM EST

"he said that with the EXCEPTION of a couple of small areas (like a couple of neighborhoods)"

by ArchaeoBob on Mon May 30, 2011 at 02:27:31 PM EST

Well researched - with an excellent listing of sources for further study. Remember, that when providing education for children - at least through Jr. High and likely far beyond those years as well, these children have a great capacity to learn and assimilate information - but their life experience, provides few resources to evaluate what is true - and what is false. By my age - I have lived through the easy answers - explored options - and have actual memory of Vietnam - Civil rights - and our more recent social and political battles. I even remember the horror my parents spoke of, when they talked about the indoctrination of children in the Soviet Union or China - and now we attempt the same process.

by chaplain on Tue Jan 31, 2017 at 12:34:50 AM EST
Good article Rachel.  Got files with lots of this information.  The troubling revised history from these types is at stake.  I might ad the fabrication they print that "Jimmy Carter was allegedly a Christian."

by wilkyjr on Tue Jan 31, 2017 at 09:52:33 AM EST

that I have to unlearn everything I was taught in the churches and a good deal of what I was taught in the schools.  Like you said, I didn't have the experience or access to the information that allowed me to realize I was being fed bullsh*t.  It took many decades of experience and years of higher education to come to that realization.

The unlearning of what I was taught in the churches is not much of an exaggeration if at all (I consider it literal truth).  Even what was taught to me in the supposedly liberal churches I attended (exception: the UU church) has been shown to be false.  For instance, the Jewish religion and people are nothing like portrayed - I've come to strongly respect and like the REAL Jews and the Jewish religion (not the Messianic fakes and their ersatz version).  The history I got is in a word bullsh*t, the reality makes this country and the Christians from the early years look really bad.  (Too bad, because if they'd lived up to the promise rather than down to the reality, this world would be a much better place for everyone!)

I remember Vietnam quite well - and the situation was far more complex than ever portrayed.  The Civil Rights years?  Very vivid in my mind today... including the resentment from the other kids that they had to tolerate those horrible "N-word"s in their school and the hateful language spewing from the preachers.  I've read what Frank Shaeffer had to say about it... and it makes sense of the things I clearly remember (the Moral Majority was started because they were bigots and didn't want to treat "black people" the same as whites).  I remember the lies told about my people (American Indians/Native Americans) - in essence we were only good for the First Thanksgiving, Pocahontas, and "killing those nice, honest, Godly, hard-working settlers".

(In the churches, we were only good for conversion or we were "enemies of Christ" - and the ones that were seduced and betrayed their own were often lifted up as "heroes" to be admired.)  

At least the history books and teachers were honest enough in portraying the Civil war being about slavery and that "States Rights" was just a buzz-word phrase.  Funny thing is that they portrayed reconstruction as partially an abuse of the South, without getting into the real complexity of the situation (and that a lot of the "Carpet-baggers" were Southerners returning to their homes and trying to get back what had been stolen from them by the more racist and conservative southerners).

Oh, and the indoctrination - one of my professors worked in Cuba, and another was from the Caribbean Islands.  I learned first hand just how much indoctrination is REALLY going on - here in the US.  As an example - I remember watching a video in class where they talked about Aristide and the situation in Haiti.  The funny thing was that on PBS THAT NIGHT they had the same exact interview, but I could see where they chopped off (edited) parts here and there to make Aristide look really bad, when the reality was that the person was rather admiring of him, but admitted to his being human and making occasional mistakes.  It became obvious that the public video was meant to manipulate people against a liberal advocate for the people and put blame for the situation in Haiti on liberals and the Haitian people.

Regarding Cuba - if the US hadn't been such a bully*, the situation would have been completely different.  They had better medical care, and the society was far more egalitarian than portrayed (and not like portrayed) - and the suffering of the Cuban people was directly tied to US interference.  The churches were repressed because they kept trying to re-establish the previous status quo (the rich in control).  

*-The US has invaded other countries several times to force them to obey US dictates - such as Haiti.  The real history of this country is rather ugly, especially in how the Other has been treated.

by ArchaeoBob on Tue Jan 31, 2017 at 01:54:43 PM EST

Problem is that most big religions are supremacist. Otherwise they would still be religious sects.

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I completely agree with this. Every region thinks they are right and are serving the one true god. In reality it might just be everyone is serving the same god in a different way. Nobody really wants to hear that but it is very interesting how the major religions today are all based around the same stories.

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