“By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape.”
- Phyllis Schlafly
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
- Thomas Jefferson
The Texas State Board of Education approved some controversial right-leaning alterations to what most students in the state – and by extension, in much of the rest of the country – will be studying as received historical and social-scientific wisdom. Here are some of the other signal shifts that the Texas Board endorsed last Friday.
A greater emphasis on “the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s.” This means not only increased favorable mentions of Schlafly, the founder of the antifeminist Eagle Forum, but also more discussion of the Moral Majority, the Heritage Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America.
Thomas Jefferson no longer included among writers influencing the nation’s intellectual origins. Jefferson, a deist who helped pioneer the legal theory of the separation of church and state, is not a model founder in the board’s judgment.
Read the whole thing here.