A recent Texas Freedom Network Education Fund study found that some Texas public school students are learning literal interpretations of the Bible, that Judaism is a “failed and incomplete religion,” and racist theories that black people are descendants of Ham, who is cursed by Noah in Genesis.
Texas has always been notorious for the amount of influence that they let Christian Fundamentalists have on their school curriculum and textbooks, but this curriculum is upsetting even for Texas.
Here’s what the study found Texas public schools teaching students:
–Biblical beliefs that contradict well-established science: When students are being taught that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, how are American students ever supposed to get better at science, a subject they notably don’t excel in?
–Racist theories about the origins of black people:The idea that black people are descended from Ham was used as Biblical justification for slavery. Noah cursed Ham by saying, “A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.” This was used by advocates of slavery to argue that a black person’s rightful place was as a slave. The chart below was used in a lesson to teach children about racial origins.
–Anti-Semitism: A bias against Judaism, intentional or unintentional, was fairly common according to the report. Some taught that Christianity replaced the “failed and incomplete” Judaism.
–The idea that the US is a Christian nation founded on Biblical principles: This is inaccuarate. Many of the Founding Fathers were strong proponents of separation between church and state.