The State of Texas – Teaching

Posted on February 9, 2019 by Diana Roberts

Twogaa Note: 1-28-2019

Texas has long been noted for narrow-minded Protestant and Catholic fundamentalism, except for South-Texas and the valley in Catholicism. The battles of the Texas Board of Education exemplifies the historical religious tension in the state as much as anything.

In 2014, the board voted to add Moses to school curriculum on the basis that the laws brought down by Moses from the mountain and the Ten Commandments are the basis for U.S. law, and this should be taught to students.

Although the majority of the Texas Board of education ignores it, this idea was fully debated in 2003 in the Alabama Supreme Court over the posting of the Ten Commandments in the state Judicial Building. Forty-one professors and legal historians entered briefs or joined in briefs presenting evidence debunking the idea that someone from an entirely different continent, centuries ago, had anything to do with the drafting of the United States Constitution or influencing it. The idea of the drafters was to protect religious freedom and worship by leaving and protecting the free conscience of the individual.

As many of the briefs pointed out, aside from a failed attempt in the seventeenth century to establish a biblically based legal system in the Puritan colonies, American law is generally viewed as having secular origins.

As to influence by historical documents in American law, scholars in the lawsuit noted that “various documents of American law, among them English common and statutory law, Roman law, the civil law of continental Europe and private international law were sources.” Primary influences were the writings of William Blackstone, John Locke, as well as the Magna Carta, the Federalist Papers and other non-religious sources.

There is no historical record that the Constitutional Congress relied upon the Ten Commandments or the Pentateuch or to biblical law generally. We often wonder why we are so polarized in our thoughts and opinions, today. When you look at the multitude of teaching sources teaching untruths and the multitudes that quickly grasp what is said or written as truth or as an act of undocumented faith, it is not so difficult to see. Secular government protects us from people who believe they know what’s best for us when it comes to religion.