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Nope, We Can't Teach the Facts

>> Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Yep, it's time for another installment of "What the Hell is going on in our schools?!?!"

Today we feature a story out of, where else, California. The San Francisco Bay area, to be exact.

Reuters reports Declaration of Independence Banned at School. Yep, folks, the Founding Fathers' most important piece of work is not allowed.

Williams asserts in the lawsuit that since May he has been required to submit all of his lesson plans and supplemental handouts to Vidmar for approval, and that the principal will not permit him to use any that contain references to God or Christianity.

Among the materials she has rejected, according to Williams, are excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, George Washington's journal, John Adams' diary, Samuel Adams' "The Rights of the Colonists" and William Penn's "The Frame of Government of Pennsylvania."

OK, so I understand the whole division of church and state thing. But to delete history lessons- to delete facts pertaining to the founding of our country- because it makes mention of or eludes to God. The Delcaration of Independence doesn't actually mention God but says:

"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

Yep, Creator has been banned. I don't know that Creator is necessarily another word for God. Could be Buddah, Allah, Beelzebub. How ludicris is this getting?

Need I continue? There's a Christian school here in town. I may be looking into it- even though we aren't religious. At least you know this kind of crap won't be an issue...


California Education Law Section 51230 requires that students shall be read and taught the Declaration of Independence as well as other historical documents.

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