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American Taliban August 3, 2009

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Criminal Justice, Culture, Dwight Furrow's Posts, Education.
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The Taliban wing of the Tea Party Party is making news again.

After successfully getting school boards in Texas to allow religious criticisms of evolution in biology class, they are now turning their attention to history class.

Biographies of Washington, Lincoln, Stephen F. Austin? Not fit reading material for children in the early grades.

Cesar Chavez? Not worthy of his role-model status.

Christianity? Emphasize its importance.

Such suggestions are part of efforts to rewrite history books for the state’s schoolchildren, producing some expert recommendations that are sure to inflame Texans, no matter their political leanings. […]

The State Board of Education has appointed six experts to review existing social studies standards, which will influence the new curriculum. Two of them have recommended that migrant farm labor union leader Cesar Chavez, who died in 1993, be removed as an example of a significant model for “active participation in the democratic process.”

“Chavez is hardly the kind of role model that ought to be held up to our children as someone worthy of emulation,” said Peter Marshall, head of Marshall Ministries. […]

Marshall, one of the expert reviewers, also recommends that school children get a better understanding of the motivational role the Bible and the Christian faith played in the settling of the original colonies. He provided multiple examples of early Americans parlaying their biblical views into the communities and governments they established — beginning with the Pilgrims who risked their lives in coming to America.

[…] One of the reviewers also suggested that the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall be removed from history books on grounds that he is not an appropriate example as a historical figure of influence. Thurgood Marshall was the NAACP lawyer who won the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme court school segregation case that led to the integration of public schools.

And here is more child abuse, this time from Oregon:

An Oregon City man convicted of criminal mistreatment in the faith-healing death of his young daughter was sentenced Friday to 60 days in jail and ordered to provide medical care for his other children. […]

A jury convicted Carl Worthington of the misdemeanor charge of criminal mistreatment after acquitting the couple of felony manslaughter charges in the March 2008 death of their 15-month-old daughter, Ava, from pneumonia and a related blood infection that could easily have been cured with antibiotics. […]

The couple belong to the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City, which avoids doctors in favor of spiritual healing. […]

But the church has suffered a long series of child deaths that prompted the Oregon Legislature in 1999 to limit a faith healing defense to criminal charges.

60 Days in jail for permitting the death of your child?

So let me understand this. You can get a year in jail for reckless endangerment even when it doesn’t result in a death. The penalty for negligent homicide is typically 2-3 years. The penalty for second-degree manslaughter can be up to 15 years. Second-degree manslaughter is described as follows:

When an individual causes the death of another person by recklessness, unreasonable risk, carelessness, setting a dangerous trap or not properly confining dangerous animals.

And this clown gets 60 days? Oh. I forgot. If you have a religious motive, you’re excused.

And finally here is a letter from an advice column in the Denver Post:

Dear Margo: Our daughter started college a year ago, and we’ve noticed during her visits home that she’s not the sweet, innocent girl we sent away for higher learning. We raised her with strong Christian beliefs, but lately she’s saying that she’s joined an atheist club on campus and is questioning everything we taught her. Now my husband refuses to let her in the house and is threatening to turn her in to the FBI. I’ve tried to cure our daughter and reconcile with her, but nothing seems to work. I’ve prayed over her at night while she sleeps, enlisted friends in a phone prayer tree and even spoken to my priest about the possibility of an exorcism. I’m at my wits’ end. How can I recover my daughter and keep her from hell? — God-fearing

Needless to say Margo wasn’t buying it.

But how much sickness must we endure before we stop allowing religion to be an all purpose excuse for child abuse.


book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

or Visit the Website: www.revivingliberalism.com



1. Paul J. Moloney - August 4, 2009

One could argue that reliance on spiritual healing at the expense of medical treatment is incompatible with Christianity, and, therefore, such people are not even Christian. One could argue against me, but I am not the one with the dead daughter.

2. Paul J. Moloney - August 5, 2009

Also, it does seem like Christianity in Texas is becoming pretty racist.

Ian Duckles - August 6, 2009

Not sure Christianity in the south was ever not racist.

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