Those Crazy Folks In Texas And Their Textbooks

The Texas Board of Education, whose decisions can set textbook standards for the entire country, is now trying to take on the "Muslim propaganda" in world history books.

The social conservatives on the board, who earlier this year set new standards requiring textbooks to include sections on anti-Equal Rights Amendment crusader Phyllis Schafly, the Contract with America and the Christian beliefs of the Founders, want to pass a resolution warning textbook makers not to include "gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions" in their books.

According to board member Ken Mercer, many world history books are rife with such "Muslim propaganda."

"One of the books I reviewed has 120 lines referencing Christian beliefs, but has 248 lines referencing Muslim beliefs," Mercer told WOAI News Radio.

A draft of the resolution obtained by the Dallas Morning News reads, in part, that "diverse reviewers have repeatedly documented gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions in social studies texts," including "sanitized definitions of 'jihad' that exclude religious intolerance or military aggression against non-Muslims ... which undergirds worldwide Muslim terrorism."

This is in part due, the resolution argues, to "Middle-Easterners" infiltrating the textbook market.
This article reads like something from The Onion. Seriously.

Please don't misunderstand me, I don't think that all Texans are crazy. My brother and his new bride live there (what's up brudda?) and there are completely (mostly) sane. I'm sure that a majority of the residents of the great state of Texas are normal, law-abiding citizens who want the very best education for the children of The Lone Star State.

I'm just not sure that alleging that people from the middle east infiltrating the textbook market is the right path to a strong state educational system.

Cartoon: Ben Sargent, The Statesman