Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Thomas Jefferson dropped in favor of John Calvin

Austin - Even the course on world history did not escape the board’s scalpel.

Cynthia Dunbar, a lawyer from Richmond who is a strict constitutionalist and thinks the nation was founded on Christian beliefs, managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone. Jefferson is not well liked among conservatives on the board because he coined the term “separation between church and state.”

“The Enlightenment was not the only philosophy on which these revolutions were based,” Ms. Dunbar said.
- “The New York Times” on Texas Board of Education textbook approval, March, 2010


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