When Bible becomes real history, will the United States change into a one-religion country? At that time, who will still claim for the freedom of religion? With these questions, I started reading the article, How Christian Were the Founders, on The New York Times.
As we all know that Texas is normally a model of education in American which means that the Board of Education of Texas may also influence other states in America. To make up Texas State Board of Education, Christian fundamentalists allege that the schools in Texas should adjust American-history textbooks to highlight role of Christianity and history should be taught in Christian perspectives. The fundamentalist also found several reasons for their “fundamental” theory.
First of all, they claimed that America is a “Christian Nation”. As Don McLeroy said, “The men who wrote the Constitution were Christians who knew the Bible.” With this proclamation, McLeroy, as a total Christian fundamentalist, convinced that the United States should be a “Christian Nation” and the school board of education should adjust history textbooks with Christianity. I strongly disagree with this point of view. For one thing, McLeroy is not a historian himself as he said “I’m a dentist, not a historian,” so he don’t understand how essential it is to keep the truth of history. Just like his announcement that he is a “creationist” who believes that “the earth was created in six days…less than 10000 years ago”. When I imagine that this ridiculous statement will be taught in schools, I am totally driven crazy. For another, if history is taught in Christian perspective, students will not treat history critically and objective. History should be taught properly but not emphasize on the weight of anyone or anything. Furthermore, religion is just a mental support for people but shouldn’t influence the history. Religion can be a part of history but shouldn’t govern the whole history. Even though the person who wrote the constitution is a Christian, people still have the right to know the neutral truth about American history.
Moreover, they claim that the ideas of individual rights and free market system are based on “biblical principles”. I think that’s just a guess and imagination. If these ideas may come from the bible, it also may come from other literatures. Also, parents should have rights not to let their kid learn the history in Christian perspective. When parents are not Christians and their kids learned the history in Christian perspective, the education between school and family may have confliction.
As Ralph Reed said, “I would rather have a thousand school-board members than one president and no school board members”, the history of the United States should be taught impartially but not only using one perspective. This is also a respect to history.