War on Education: Christian Right Trying to Censor History

Occupy Corporatism
Susanne Posel
February 19, 2015

Republican legislatures in Oklahoma have introduced House Bill 1380 which prohibits “the expenditure of funds on the Advanced Placement United States history course” in order to ban the study of certain aspects of history – namely any of the “dissident” Founders of this nation who does not fit the Christian-centered mold.

Champion of the bill is Republican state legislator Dan Fisher who claims that there has been a false wall of separation of church and state constructed in America by progressive secularists who want to stamp out religious faith in the US.

Fisher introduced HB 1380 because his opinion is that the current Advanced Placement US History course allows only for the teaching of “what is bad about America” and does not point out “American exceptionalism”.

The Oklahoma legislator is a member of the Black Robed Regiment , a post-Revolutionary War religious extremists group that seeks to return America to biblical constructs and mandates set forth by the Christian church and prides themselves on “educat[ing] themselves as to our biblical responsibility to stand up for our Lord and Savior and to protect the freedoms and liberties granted to a moral people in the divinely inspired US Constitution.”

Fisher may not be aware of the Treaty of Tripoli in 1797 wherein then President John Adams, with the full support of the US Congress, declared: “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen; and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”

Fisher makes exception to religious extremists committing acts of murder and terrorism with this comment on ISIS : “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

In Georgia, Republican state senator William Ligon and three party co-sponsors introduced an amendment to the US AP History curriculum to remove the current “radically revisionist view of American history” and not emphasizing “America’s Founding Fathers the principles of the Declaration of Independence [and] the religious influences on our nation’s history.”

Last year students from 5 Colorado schools walked out in an act of civil disobedience to the new “attempt to whitewash history” by the Jeffco School Board (JSB).

The JSB proposed a change to AP US History was introduced by Julie Williams, member of the JSB, to “create a board-appointed community committee which would review district curriculum and make recommendations”; including the “content of the Advanced Placement US History curriculum”.

This demonstration was sparked by the JSB proposal to alter the curriculum in AP US History “to promote positive aspects of U.S. history and heritage, while avoiding material on civil disorder and social strife.”

According to media reports the JSB “proposed creating a curriculum review board that would make sure materials in history class do not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”