Ohio school district offering summer course taught by David Barton
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Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 09:13:23 AM EST

The school district in Springboro, Ohio--halfway between Cincy and Dayton--is planning to offer a summer course on the Constitution taught by David Barton.  Warren Throckmorton, one of the professors whose concerns about Barton's scholarship led Thomas Nelson to yank The Jefferson Lies last year, stumbled on this course on Monday.   He managed to obtain a brochure as well.

One name on that brochure that should jump out at you besides Barton is John Eidsmoe.  For those who don't remember, Eidsmoe is a leading Christian reconstructionist and one of Michele Bachmann's mentors when the Mad Minnesotan attended ORU.

The course is sponsored by the Institute on the Constitution, an outfit run by Michael Peroutka, the 2004 Constitution Party candidate.  Peroutka has documented ties to white supremacist groups.  According to the Human Rights Campaign, Peroutka is a prominent member of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate group that advocates having the South secede from the United States and calls white supremacy "healthy and Biblical."  Eidsmoe himself has frequently spoken to white supremacist groups.

Throckmorton all but says--rightly--that this course is blatantly unconstitutional.  And several area parents agree.

(W)hen parents looked at the attached flier and researched the names of the instructors, some became upset.

Critics say the 12-week course that will be taught at the high school amounts to impermissible religious instruction.

"I googled some of the names, some of the groups that are teaching the classes, and of course my assumptions were correct in finding out it was a religion-based class," said parent Jenny Nijak.

A filer for the class, called the Institution of the Constitution, invites parents and students to learn "your godly American heritage and birthright," parents said.

"The fact that we're using public resources for something that is clearly promoting a political and religious agenda that appears to be unconstitutional as well as a waste of taxpayer dollars is unconscionable," said parent David Bowman.

To put this in perspective, most of Springboro is in Warren County, one of the reddest counties in Ohio.  A Democrat has carried it exactly ONCE since the GOP was formed--the LBJ landslide of 1964.  In the last two elections, Warren County has been the GOP candidate's best county in Ohio.

This isn't the first time that the school board has gotten into trouble for trying to push a Christianist agenda.  Just last month, it actually considered adding "creation science" to the curriculum.

Looks like it's past time to put a bug in these clowns' ears.  Email the board at AllBoardofEducationMembers at springboro dot org.  Also, those of you in the area may want to get ahold of the Ohio ACLU.

The course has now been cancelled. Hooray for those who protested and rallied against it. Course Cancelled

by MLouise on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 08:23:31 AM EST

Just expect Barton et al calling it a "Constitutional violation" and get the ACLJ to fight for them in court to over turn it. They will never quit on this till they win and even then they won't quit.

by Nightgaunt on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 09:32:09 PM EST

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