From today’s TFN News Clips:
“Rosa Parks did not move to the front of the bus to support sodomy.”
— Barb Davis White, a Tea Party activist and Republican candidate for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, testifying before a legislative committee contemplating the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state
The Texas Tea Party provides another good example of how David Barton’s poor scholarship (if you can call it scholarship) isn’t just bad for public education – it also fosters falsehoods and distortions throughout our civic life. One of the links on the Tea Party Web site asks: “What of our Christian Heritage?” Visitors then go to a page that lists a half-dozen quotes attributed to the Founders, each quote suggesting that America's Founders wanted to create a Christian nation. One problem, of course, is that the Tea Party is cherry-picking and taking out of context quotations favorable to their point of view. Even worse, however, is that some of the statements the Tea Partiers attribute to the Founders appear to be fraudulent. In fact, two are among a long list of quotes that Barton has used in the past (supporting his "Christian nation" argument) even though he admits that neither he nor real historians can point to evidence that the Founders ever said them. Read More
"After I spent the weekend at the Tea Party National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., it has become clear to me that the movement is dominated by people whose vision of the government is conspiratorial and dangerously detached from reality. It's more John Birch than John Adams. . . . Within a few hours in Nashville, I could tell that what I was hearing wasn't just random rhetorical mortar fire being launched at Obama and his political allies: the salvos followed the established script of New World Order conspiracy theories, which have suffused the dubious right-wing fringes of American politics since the days of the John Birch Society." So writes Jonathan Kay, the conservative managing editor for comment at the National Post in Canada and author of an upcoming book, Among the Truthers: 9/11 Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them. Writing for Newsweek, Kay reports that last week's Tea Party convention in Nashville also included a heavy strain of religious-right nuttiness interwoven with political paranoia: Read More
Last week’s public hearing on proposed social studies curriculum standards for Texas public schools drew an interesting assortment of right-wing groups and ideologues. In fact, as the State Board of Education heard testimony inside the meeting room, Tea Partiers rallied in the lobby.
The “rally” — if you can call it that — seemed mostly to be a bust, with a fairly small turnout among supporters. In any case, speakers called on the state board to adopt new standards that essentially whitewash difficult problems and periods in American history. Focus on the positive, they urged.
Take slavery for example. Why bother teaching students that for centuries the American colonies and states built economies based on the labor of enslaved Africans? No, Tea Partiers want schools to focus instead on how America finally ended slavery. Otherwise, schools are supposedly “politicizing” American history.
Really? Well, see for yourself:[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fLFXvSl4eE]
“The worst day in America beats the best day in any other country”? Really? We doubt slaves would have thought so.
Next week's public hearing on social studies curriculum standards in Austin could resemble last summer's angry protests over health insurance reform. That's because the anti-government Tea Party brigades are now turning their attention to curriculum matters at the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). The Austin Texas Tea Party Web site is screaming: "Take Back Our Schools and tell the SBOE America IS Exceptional!" Read More