Mother Jones - In Texas public schools, children learn that the Bible provides scientific proof that Earth is 6,000 years old, that the origins of racial diversity trace back to a curse placed on Noah's son, and that astronauts have discovered "a day missing in space" that corroborates biblical stories of the sun standing still.
These are some of the findings detailed in Reading, Writing & Religion II,
a new report by the Texas Freedom Network that investigates how public
schools in the Lone Star State promote religious fundamentalism under
the guise of offering academic courses
about the Bible. The report, written by Mark Chancey, a professor of
religious studies at Southern Methodist University, found that more than
half of the state's public-school Bible courses taught students to read
the book from a specifically Christian theological perspective—a clear
violation of rules governing the separation of church and state.
Many school districts pushed specific strains of fundamentalism in the classes: