Louisiana using pro-Klan books in public schools

And GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal is helping to facilitate the entire thing.  (I’m guessing someone just got dropped of the VP short list.)

Deanna Pan at MoJo quotes from a few of the books Louisiana is now using to educate children.

1. Dinosaurs and humans lived side by side:

“Bible-believing Christians cannot accept any evolutionary interpretation. Dinosaurs and humans were definitely on the earth at the same time and may have even lived side by side within the past few thousand years.”—Life Science, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2007

2. Fire-breathing dragons may actually have existed (the Bible includes numerous references to dragons, thus the need to prove that they’re real):

“[Is] it possible that a fire-breathing animal really existed? Today some scientists are saying yes. They have found large chambers in certain dinosaur skulls…The large skull chambers could have contained special chemical-producing glands. When the animal forced the chemicals out of its mouth or nose, these substances may have combined and produced fire and smoke.”—Life Science, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2007

3. Majority of slaves in the old south were treated well: “

A few slave holders were undeniably cruel. Examples of slaves beaten to death were not common, neither were they unknown. The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well.”—United States History for Christian Schools, 2nd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 1991

4. The Ku Klux Klan was a force for good:

“[The Ku Klux] Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians.”—United States History for Christian Schools, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2001

“Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies.” Hmm… aren’t we missing someone?

This is why I keep harping about the South’s lingering racism and bigotry.  It’s a real problem, and it’s affecting real people’s lives, still.  Especially when southern bigots run for national office and try to impose their hate on the rest of us.

The Klan was a force for good?  Seriously, Jindal?


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