Dear Ms. Tincy Miller,
As a constituent in your Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) district, I am writing you with great concern regarding the proposed changes in Texas public school curriculum that would remove the description “heroic” from the Alamo defenders, along with all references to our Judeo-Christian heritage.
Two years ago I approved a local school district to supply free Overview Of America DVDs to the schools for Constitution Day. When myself and a friend showed up to meet with them, and asked them the simple question, “Is Texas a Republic or a Democracy?,” only one knew the correct answer. I then asked what they teach about the U.S. Constitution. Amazingly, they gave us the history books used by several grades so we could review it for ourselves.
The books portrayed all immigrants as victims, Christians as hateful people, and also said that the president has authority to create laws. Of course, under the separation of powers doctrine, we have three branches of government, each with separate powers. Congress has the power to make law as it resides in the Legislative Branch. The president, as part of the Executive Branch, is vested only with the power to enforce the law.
On religion, one of the books has a huge picture, center of the page, showing Muslims praying on their mats. In their depiction of Christians, they showed a young girl riding a red, white, and blue bicycle with two pony tails, each pulled through a cone, which made her look like she had horns. The school board also tried to say that Common Core (ESSA) wasn’t happening in their school district, so I pointed out again what I found in their own school’s textbooks.
Now I’ve heard about the proposal to remove the word “heroic” from the description of the Alamo defenders in public school curriculum. This is similar to the ridiculous tearing down of Civil War monuments to try and rewrite history, as if it didn’t happen. As if tearing down the monuments will somehow change history.
Right, wrong, or indifferent, the Civil War happened, and as a soldier, I understand how much it costs “We The People” to have a war. Right now there is a war being waged over the relevance of our Constitutional Judeo-Christian heritage!
Unfortunately, the Alamo is just the tip of the iceberg.
Removing “heroic” when referencing those brave defenders who willingly died fighting for Texas’ Independence is one of many suggestions an unelected advisory work group is making to the elected SBOE. Undoubtedly, it is part of a continued effort to change social studies and history standards in public schools, to the detriment of students.
Other outrageous recommendations include removing all references to our Judeo-Christian heritage, including Moses, the role Christianity played in America’s founding, any religious motive for the establishment of the 13 English Colonies, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, and many, many more. These recommendations are a full frontal attack not only on Texas history, but on American history!
Many of these recommendations appear to come directly from a report by a liberal, anti-religious freedom organization – Texas Freedom Network – which has long sought to rewrite Texas’ history books by attacking our Judeo-Christian heritage and its impact our laws, our government, and our nation’s founding.
I’ve actually studied the writings of our Founding Fathers, and I’ve studied the compacts that founded each of the 13 colonies. To be a citizen of a colony, you had to be a member of the church. While the Kings, Queens, and wealthy businessmen wanted to plunder resources to financially support a bankrupted Europe, the Christians stated – in every colonial compact – that their mission was to live in freedom and pursue happiness, and share the Bible and Christianity to the inhabitants of the New World.
As a constituent in your district, I urge you to oppose this Left wing nonsense and defend the accurate teaching of Texas history in our public schools.
Greg Tallant, Corinth, TX