Questionable Motives

May 22, 2010

What’s wrong with starting some governmental business with a prayer?

Filed under: belief,prayer,Religion,School Board,Texas — tildeb @ 4:30 pm

The Texas state board of education meeting to discuss upcoming changes to the curriculum:

Pious tidbits:

I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book and the spirit of the savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses.

Whether we look to the first charter of Virginia, or the charter of New England…the same objective is present — a Christian land governed by Christian principles.

I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country.

This kind of prayer is an act of intellectual cowardice.

Dunbar, the woman giving the prayer, is using it to pretend that god is guiding them to revise history is way that doesn’t allow anyone who also happens to be respectful of this kind of religious cowardice to interrupt and call her on her duplicity. What is obvious is that Dunbar is using prayer to promote her specific political and religious points not yet discussed by the committee in a way that appears to be pious. It isn’t; it’s sanctimonious cowardliness. It’s underhanded political posturing, inane, and completely unnecessary for the business at hand. That’s what’s wrong with including prayer in government business.


  1. Hypocritical tripe that speech was – denying history, assuming that everyone who will receive the products of their eduction system will be Christians – so not only that it promotes racism as well, shameful behaviour in the name of education.

    Deeply offensive.

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — May 24, 2010 @ 4:39 am | Reply

  2. Rick Casey over at the Houston Chronicle offers us two observations hard to refute:

    Mark Twain never met the Texas State Board of Education, but he had their number.

    “In the beginning God created monkeys, that was for practice,” Twain wrote. “Then He created school boards.”

    The SBOE, which represents Texas’ best argument against the theory of intelligent design, spent the week engaged in a marathon of juvenile argument over what should be included in school curriculum and, therefore, textbooks.

    At least it was a good try at finding the humour in all this.

    Comment by tildeb — May 24, 2010 @ 10:04 am | Reply

  3. Sort of related….

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — May 26, 2010 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

    • They are, indeed, awful and I think the general attitudes, although more covert than overt, are still pretty firmly embedded in the christian right wing.

      Comment by tildeb — May 26, 2010 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

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