The British Conservative Party government wants to spend lots of taxpayers’ money on “celebrating” the start of World War I.
I don’t know whether religious fundamentalist conservatives in Texas in the USA also think that bloody war should be “celebrated”. I do know now they have very unusual views on the causes of that war.
One might think that economic, political and military competition between the early twentieth century empires caused that war. Not true, Texas religious fundamentalists say: liberal Christians, agnostics and atheists were to blame. Ever since the Enlightenment ideas of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. How strange, if one considers that without the Enlightenment there would have been no eighteenth century American revolution. No independent USA with Texas as one of its states. The eighteenth century counterparts of twenty-first century fundamentalist Christians considered rebellion against a king like King George III of the British colonial empire a horrible sin against God. Especially so as King George III was also the head of the Church of England.
By Scott Kaufman in the USA:
Taxpayer-funded Texas schools blame world wars on evolution and lack of religion
Friday, January 17, 2014 12:59 EST
Texas students in publicly funded charter schools run by Responsive Education Solutions are learning that, “in the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth,” as well as that feminism is responsible for single women turning to the federal government as “surrogate husband[s].”
According to Zack Kopplin at Slate, Responsive Education Solutions has been “infiltrating and subverting” the charter school movement in order to push an explicitly Christian, conservative agenda.
Responsive Education Solutions has 17,000 students, more than 65 schools, and receives $82 million in public funding annually.
Kopplin acquired workbook for the school’s biology “Knowledge Unit,” which shares a first sentence with the King James Bible: “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.”
The material that followed was equally misleading, including sections that claim that scientists “question the validity of the conclusions concerning the age of Earth.” The biology workbook is replete with other creationist arguments against evolutionary theory, including that there is no experimental data to back it; that transitional fossils which should exist, don’t; and that the theory can be directly linked to the rise of eugenics in Nazi Germany.
The book manufactures doubt where none should exist, and it does so deliberately. Rosalinda Gonalez, Response Education Solution’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, told Kopplin that the workbook “teaches evolution, noting, but not exploring, the existence of competing theories.”
However, even merely “noting” the existence of non-scientific “competing theories” was held to be unconstitutional by Edwards v. Aguillard.
The “Knowledge Units” pertaining to history are similarly problematic, only instead of pushing creation science on unwitting students, they showcase a version of history that contains a distinctly conservative ideological bias.
Let us look at two autocratic emperors who played a key role in starting World War I: Czar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. Where they liberal Christians, agnostics, atheists or otherwise Enlightenment supporters? Had they “abandoned” religion? No sir. They both headed state churches. Czar Nicholas combined that with faith in questionable ‘faith healer’ Rasputin.
The New Deal “ushered in a new era of dependency on the Federal government,” and feminism created a class of women who “lacked male financial support and who had to turn to the state as a surrogate husband.”
According to Kopplin, its explicitly moral components refer not to civic virtues, but to “values” borrowed whole-cloth — and without citation — from the website of Bill Gothard, a minister who demands his followers incorporate “biblical principles” into daily life.
One significant problem with crypto-Christian charter schools operating in Texas is that the state only allows for 300 charter schools to operate at any one time. This means that these stealth-creationist, conservative outfits are preventing legitimately innovative charter schools from opening in the state.
Kopplin calls this “a moment of truth for the charter movement and for Texas politicians. Will they support removing from charter programs these schools that break the law?”
Calls for oversight into Ohio charter schools have been renewed this week, after an unprecedented 17 charter schools closed in Columbus, Ohio, in one year. Eleven of those closures took place this fall, forcing more than 250 students to scramble at the last minute to find new schools. The majority of the shuttered schools were open only a few months, and some only a few weeks. Although the educational viability of these schools was highly suspect—numerous charters have been involved in questionable practices—the state of Ohio used $1.6 million in public taxpayer money just to keep nine of these schools open only from August through October or November: here.