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When former State Board of Education member -- and perennial TFN nemesis-- Cynthia Noland Dunbar left the board last December after declining to run for a second term, some wondered if she was withdrawing from the culture wars, which she repeatedly stoked during her tenure on the board. She has been notably (and thankfully) absent from the Texas political scene this spring, so we were curious about what she was up to these days. Turns out, she didn't retire -- she just took her act on the road. Read More

Former Texas State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar is still proud of the way she helped vandalize the new social studies curriculum standards for the state's public schools last year. She's especially happy that new standards for high school government classes require that students learn about "the laws of nature and nature's God" in a section on the Declaration of Independence. The previous standard had instead referred to "natural law" and "natural rights." Dunbar believes the difference is important. Read More

On Thursday outgoing Texas State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, offered what she called a "parting gift" to fellow board members. Her "gift": a proposed board resolution attacking federal involvement in education as unconstitutional and calling for state "nullification" of "unconstitutional directives" from the federal government. Not surprisingly, the resolution reads like a long anti-federal government screed. One section, for example, warns about "the establishment of tyranny" by the federal government. Other examples:…… Read More

In an article on the website of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University, Texas State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar is pretending to give history and constitutional lessons about the principle of church-state separation. The article explains that Dunbar's critics -- it focuses largely on the Texas Freedom Network -- have been critical about her tasteless attempt to use prayer to score political points at the state board's meeting last week. As we explained at the time, Dunbar's prayer to open the meeting came before the board was to decide what, among other things, students would learn about separation of church and state in their social studies classes. Dunbar and other far-right board members don't accept that separation of church and state is a key constitutional principle. In the Liberty University article, Dunbar cackles over the fact that the prayer she recited was originally given in 1954 by the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. From the article: "This is a huge story in that it exposes the bias of the liberal media and organizations that blasted me for saying ‘Christian land governed by Christian principles,’” Dunbar said. “These were not…… Read More

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Cynthia Dunbar (left) is defending her reckless and stunning attacks on the public schools she helps govern by playing the victim card. But this tactic only makes her look hypocritical.

As we noted last week, the Republican Texas State Board of Education member from Richmond (west of Houston) has authored a new book, One Nation Under God (Onward, 2008), in which she claims public schools are “tools of perversion,” “tyrannical” and “unconstitutional” because they aren’t supported by Scripture. Last Friday the Houston Chronicle quoted Dunbar as saying the intended audience for her book was “the body of Christ,” not the general public. She also claimed that Christians are unfairly attacked when they speak out on public policy.

I don’t think most people in the churches are aware of the venom against Christian America. So, it’s more of a wake-up call to be informed, to be involved. They are fine with the body of Christ as long as we stay hidden in our four walls of the church, sitting quietly in our pews. But if we become civically involved or active in public policy issues, then we’re going to be shot down.

What nonsense. It’s… Read More