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Mick Curtis (Mick)
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Registered: 03-2008
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Posted on Monday, May 17, 2010 - 07:11 pm:   

"US Christian conservatives drop references to slave trade and sideline Thomas Jefferson who backed church-state separation". In school textbooks!

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Ian Alexander Martin (Iam)
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Registered: 10-2009
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Posted on Monday, May 17, 2010 - 09:05 pm:   

Oh my yes, this denial of truth in history has been happening for a while. There was a bit on John Stewart's not-actually-a-news-broadcast The Daily Show (think Not the Nine o'Clock News with fewer sketches and more editorials) about how a Texas state committee decided that "since no one knows who Oscar Romero is", they wouldn't include him in the curriculum. The argument presented by one committee member was quite intelligent and informed, convincing the entire group to go with the dropping of that section from the course. Her argument: essentially 'I don't think it's all that important, really.'

Oh yes. That's quite convincing! Gracious, what a huge amount of time one wasted back in high school actually paying attention to current affairs at the time. Thank goodness I can clear out some brain space by ridding myself of that memory.

Google "John Stewart textbooks", then fiddle around a bit to locate a chunk of video for 17 Mar 2010 that isn't behind a firewall due to copyrights affecting your country, and presto! you get to see Stewart's comments and actual video of the committee meeting. My description doesn't do it anything close to the justice it deserves.

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