In his commencement speech at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University Saturday (May 15, 2010), Glenn Beck gave a preview of what history teaching might someday look like if the current majority (including some lame ducks) of the Texas State Board of Education gets its way.
Beck proclaimed, for example, that
It is God’s finger that wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. This is God’s country; these are God’s rights. I have no idea what he wants us to do with them, other than protect them, and stand with Him.
Yes, that is a direct, verbatim, quote. If you don’t believe it, you can see it for yourself, in this brief video clip (1 min., 20 sec.):
If that’s not enough for you, here’s the whole thing (about 30 min.):
Note Beck’s tearful (of course) lament that, like Ezekiel, he does not want to be the prophet bringing us the news that God bids him to deliver.
Note also Beck’s report of his own conduct in (apparently) the only college course that he attended (for awhile). This suggests how the anti-science and anti-history crusaders want students to behave in classes — i.e., injecting talking points from their tendentious literatures.
Just before the speech, an honorary doctorate was bestowed upon the newly doctored Beck by Liberty University which, we must note, is where the lame-duck (but still voting) Texas school board member Cynthia Dunbar teaches classes on Constitutional Law. Russell Shorto saw her lecture in one class last January, and reported in the NY Times Magazine that
[Dunbar] discussed a legal practice called “incorporation by reference.” “When you have in one legal document reference to another, it pulls them together, so that they can’t be viewed as separate and distinct,” she said. “So you cannot read the Constitution distinct from the Declaration.” And the Declaration famously refers to a Creator and grounds itself in “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” Therefore, she said, the religiosity of the founders is not only established and rooted in a foundational document but linked to the Constitution. From there she moved to “judicial construction and how you should go forward with that,” i.e., how these soon-to-be lawyers might work to overturn rulings like that against prayer in schools by using the founding documents.
Coming soon to a Texas social studies classroom near you …
The final round of hearings on new Social Studies textbooks begins tomorrow (Wed.) in Austin, with the final votes scheduled for Friday (May 21).