Have you heard about David Barton's suggestion that Thomas Jefferson was an evangelical Christian? 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

by Dan Quinn

We were worried that Carlos "Charlie" Garza, who defeated Democratic incumbent Rene Nuรฑez, would align with the Texas State Board of Education's far-right faction. A newspaper interview with the El Paso Republican isn't encouraging. According to the El Paso Times interview, which was published November 7, Garza thinks public schools should teach "multiple views" about evolution -- regardless, apparently, of the mainstream scientific consensus -- and supports efforts by anti-science board members to water down instruction on this foundational scientific concept: "Creationism I believe is true. I believe there should be a good mix. I think what the board did was bring in a mix." Read More

We hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Independence Day and recalling the freedoms on which our nation was founded and is still governed. So please take a few minutes to read the words that heralded the birth of our nation. We also thought it would be appropriate to note the words of two of our greatest American thinkers and heroes, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Jefferson, of course, authored our nation's Declaration of Independence. Madison is often considered the father of the Constitution. We recall the words of both (below) at a time when members of the Texas State Board of Education threaten one of our most cherished and important freedoms by insisting that public schools promote one particular religious perspective over all others. Indeed, some board members, like Cynthia Dunbar, and other influential political activists, like David Barton, even insist that our government, laws and elected officials essentially be judged by religious tests. Jefferson and Madison strongly argued otherwise. Read More

Texas State Board of Education members are pointing fingers at everyone but themselves for the debacle over revising social studies curriculum standards. In newย interviews with the Southern Baptist TEXAN, board Chair Gail Lowe, R-Lampasas, and fellow member Don McLeroy, R-College Station, are complaining that reporting about the board's actions have been inaccurate. And they point their fingers at the Texas Freedom Network for causing the problems. So let's do a little fact-checking of Lowe's and McLeroy's comments, shall we? Lowe tells the TEXAN: "Nowhere in our social studies curriculum standards is America referred to as a Christian nation." Lowe is technically correct -- even these board members know that inserting a blatant "Christian nation" standard would lead almostย immediately to a court battle that they would lose. What she doesn't say, however, is that the board's far-right members have seeded the standards with distortions that suggest the nation's origins and constitutional foundations lie in the (Christian) religious beliefs of the Founders. Read More

Forrest Wilder

. @SenJaneNelson: Post-Planned Parenthood, the state women's health program "has more providers than we ever had." Our reporting: Nearly half of the approximately 5,400 providers didnโ€™t see a single patient in the program in 2017. texasobserver.org/te…