Former Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) member Cynthia Dunbar still seems determined to destroy the most important protection for religious freedom in America: the First Amendment.
As a member of the Texas SBOE in 2010, Dunbar lead successful opposition to requiring that public school students in social studies classrooms learn how the First Amendment protects religious freedom by barring government from promoting one faith perspective over all others. The Constitution does not protect separation of church and state, she argued. Dunbar insisted, instead, that the nation’s Founders actually wanted government to promote religion. Last Saturday Dunbar went even further while speaking at an anti-abortion rally in Ohio. From our friends at Right Wing Watch:
Cynthia Dunbar, a former member of the Texas Board of Education who is now a law professor at Liberty University, in her address to the rally made the specious claim that “94% of the quotes of the Founding Fathers contemporaneous to our nation’s founding came either directly or indirectly from the Bible” and maintained that legislators shouldn’t worry about passing the unconstitutional Heartbeat Bill since “Roe v. Wade is not law at all.” “Guess what legislators,” Dunbar said, “you don’t have the freedom to make any laws if they are contrary to what God has said in his Holy Scripture.”
But who would decide which Scripture to use and whose interpretation of God’s will would prevail? For that matter, whose God? The conflicts arising from such questions and the threats they would pose to the freedom of those who didn’t share the prevailing religious view were precisely what the Founders wanted to avoid. But Dunbar and many of her former colleagues on the Texas SBOE care only about one thing: using public schools — and government generally — to promote their own particular religious views over those of everyone else.
In an America ruled by people like Cynthia Dunbar, religious freedom would die. So too, perhaps, would America itself.