Voucher school history book: Hippies didn’t bathe, worshipped Satan

Voucher schools in Louisiana and Indiana are using a “US History” textbook in their eighth grade classes that teaches that the “hippies” of the 1960s were draft dodgers who were rude, didn’t bathe, and worshipped Satan.

A friend has the book. He took a photo of the hippie section, below.

As Mother Jones noted last year, Louisiana’s voucher program has been fraught with problems:

Under Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher program, considered the most sweeping in the country, Louisiana is poised to spend tens of millions of dollars to help poor and middle-class students from the state’s notoriously terrible public schools receive a private education. While the governor’s plan sounds great in the glittery parlance of the state’s PR machine, the program is rife with accountability problems that actually haven’t been solved by the new standards the Louisiana Department of Education adopted two weeks ago.

Another big concern is that a lot of the schools are religious, and voucher programs are a way for Republicans to brainwash kids by teaching them historically incorrect, anti-gay, and anti-science religion as “fact,” all funded by taxpayers.

The Louisiana voucher schools under GOP Governor Bobby Jindal had already gotten into trouble last year for using a variety of religious right schoolbooks that teach a number of crazy, and racist, theories, including:

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

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

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

Fire-breathing dragons may actually have existed

“[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

Now for the hippies

This comes from a book called “America: Land I Love.”  It’s an eighth-grade history book that’s used in Louisiana voucher schools (the Mother Jones link above confirms that this book is being used).  And it has a section on “The Hippies.”  Here’s what Louisiana is teaching its school kids about the hippies:

voucher-school-hippies

Hmm, now I know they’re missing something… Oh yeah, that’s right – the hippies were pacifists.  It was primarily a movement about peace.  Funny how they forgot that small little point.

Good luck with those dinosaur books when your kids try to get into a real college.

Of course there’s a more serious side to this.  This is part of the larger GOP strategy to not just brainwash kids into being Republicans, but to rewrite American history in a way that’s more favorable to Republicans with an intent towards influencing the present.

Alfred Kinsey must be destroyed

Fringe and Star Trek were not lost on the GOP – they love a good effort to go back in time and change history.  Look at what the religious right attempted with Alfred Kinsey.  They were convinced that Kinsey was one of the fundamental building blocks of the modern “sexual revolution,” so they attempted for nearly two decades to undermine Kinsey by labeling him a pedophile.  They felt that if they could discredit Kinsey, they would somehow discredit the sexual revolution of the 60s and beyond, and that would somehow help their political battles on gay rights, abortion, women’s issues, and more.

Here’s how the men at the Concerned Women for America, a lead religious right activist group, described Kinsey:

For more than 55 years, pioneer sex researcher Alfred C. Kinsey’s work has had a profound effect on American culture. Once a household name, Kinsey is not known to most people under 40. Yet his studies in the late 1940s and early 1950s, heralded as the first “scientific” look at sex, became the foundation of the sexual revolution that has rocked not only America but the world.

The concerned men at the Concerned Women go on to claim that Kinsey’s ultimate goal was to “normalize pedophilia.”

And here’s Alan Keyes’ organization going after Kinsey as a pedophile, WorldNetDaily weighed in (which is pretty much prima facie proof that it’s a lie) and top religious right “doctor” Judith Reisman went so far as to suggest that Kinsey had a “top German Nazi pedophile aide.”  You get the picture.

GOP has been trying to rewrite history of McCarthyism too

Republicans have been trying the same rewriting of history with anti-communist nut Senator Joe McCarthy of the 1950s.  Ann Coulter has been trying to rehabilitate McCarthy, as has WorldNetDaily, among others.  Here’s a bit of Coulter:

John Hawkins: Now I heard that you wrote an impassioned defense of tailgunner Joe in the book. Is that the case? If so, why do you think Joe McCarthy has gotten a bad rap?

Ann Coulter: I know he got a bad rap because there are no monuments to Joe McCarthy. Liberals had to destroy McCarthy because he exposed the entire liberal establishment as having sheltered Soviet spies.

Yes, that’s the tragedy of the McCarthy years, that poor Senator Joe was destroyed.

While the Republicans’ attack on the hippies is downright laughable, their strategy of rewriting history in order to rewrite our present is anything but funny.

Hippies via Shutterstock.

Hippies via Shutterstock.


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  • StarBorne

    There are not words to describe the sorrow I feel for the world

  • D. Moriarty

    dirty drug addicts… I hear they ate their main course with a salad fork. disgusting! And yes… some went on to be… no not just world leaders… worse…Canadian!

  • http://twitter.com/gme11 gme11

    I’m so glad that evil hippie fashion has disappeared. It so much more civilized to see boys walking around with their waistband around their knees. MUCH more conventional.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1023024392 John Prentice

    Cut-rate learning for people who will suffer mental health problems & I’m fairly sure Creationism causes cancer.

  • Turgid

    Hell-bottoms!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6710491 Katie Ion

    Please, do tell us which books on evolution you’ve read.

  • areffjones

    Wow.
    This Louisiana textbook reminds me of a 1968 Junior Scholastic Magazine article
    that a junior high school social studies teacher in San Francisco forced me to
    read and write a report on, because I was a “hippie,” one of the few in my
    school back then. They apparently thought it would straighten me out, whereas
    it instead just pissed me off. As I recall, the cover had this (to me)
    hilarious photo of Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg on it, the latter looking really wasted.

    I went home, smoked a few joints, pulled out some colored pens, and wrote a two page,
    spacey, teenage-sarcasm laden rebuttal that pointed out that the article was
    full of ill founded rumor and prejudice and, had the word “black” been
    substituted for “hippie,” it would never have been allowed in the school. I
    turned my report in, got an “F,” and henceforth became one of those proscribed
    as “troublemakers.” This meant numerous visits to the boy’s principal, an ex-cop who knew and freely utilized several incapacitating death grips.

    As for Satan worship, well, I did attend high school with Karla LaVey, daughter of
    Anton, and she was a really nice person, but my attitude towards Satanism had
    been shaped early on by Viv Stanshall’s “Eleven Mustachioed Daughters.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1298856825 Joanne Equality Robrahn

    Speaking from experience–hippies were about love, peace, and brothehood, more so than the ‘religious’ of today!

  • jim filyaw

    funny. i thought most of the draft dodgers became republican politicians.

  • Gigi

    What a bunch of sick fucks!

  • Gigi

    One would think a self-professed “former” hippie would know how to spell it…

  • KerFuFFler

    We all miss being young!

  • Chief Illwhiniwept

    Turning the other cheek and loving your neighbor as yourself is pretty messed up. Let’s not do that.

  • legalnola

    Mandolin, sir, mandolin. Possibly accordian or fiddle, too, but we’re not really a banjo state.

  • Danielck

    Sounds about right to me. I’ve known a lot of them, was once one myself, and the description is spot on.

  • starskeptic

    The full title of that textbook tells all: America: Land I Love in Christian perspective.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeffrey-Bryson/1583586542 Jeffrey Bryson

    And for all he or she knows, you may be the kind of person who is willing to smear people based upon what region of the country they come from, in contravention of all rules of decency, civility, tolerance, and open-mindedness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephenjbierer Stephen Bierer

    Were they really pacifists, or were they just pretending to be in order to justify their attempts to avoid being drafted and fighting in Vietnam? Of course it is silly to generalize, but where is the overwhelming pacifism today? Certainly not in the Democratic party, as we continue to kill hundreds of people using drones. Seems as if the pacifist movement was temporary, and self serving.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mickey-Bitsko/100003815336222 Mickey Bitsko

    Fundamentalist nutters like Bob Jones University are god’s way of making the Roman Catholic Church look good.

  • b.a.freeman

    it’s interesting how it’s horrible for people
    to *voluntarily* spend taxpayer dollars “indoctrinating” (educating)
    their own children as they see fit, but it’s OK for those same children
    to be “taught” the Correct Concepts of the Left, also at taxpayer
    expense, but against the wishes of the parents. are parents of a leftish bent more privileged than parents on the right? take a guess why i homeschool and teach my children to question everything – even their parents and textbooks. and yes, i pay for the public schools with my property taxes.

    sadly, it’s pretty clear what our future over here is going to be.
    maybe the Lord will allow another republic to arise some time in the
    future that will look back with regret on the perversion of the United
    States of America into a dictatorship.

  • Ninong

    The KKK was a reaction by former Confederates to the Reconstruction Amendments, especially the 14th Amendment. They may have claimed they were protecting Christian Moral Values but what they really wanted to do was maintain complete segregation of the races and deny their former slaves the right to vote. They achieved that goal through violence and intimidation that continued will into the 20th century.

    I hope it doesn’t come as too much of shock to anybody but the Republican Party was virtually non-existant in the Deep South when I was younger. It was Nixon’s Southern Strategy that speeded up what had already begun in the mid-’60’s in reaction to LBJ’s civil rights laws that gave voting rights to blacks. I will just assume that everyone knows what things were like in the South in the mid-20th century.

  • Ninong

    What’s your point, assuming there is one? Everyone already knows the history of the KKK.

  • Ninong

    “How do we know how much isotope was originally in a dinosaur millions of years ago to accurately date them?”

    What are you talking about? I’m afraid you’ve lost me with that one. First of all, you don’t date dinosaurs that way at all because they’re all over 65 million years old. You date the layers of rock in which the fossils are found. But even if you’re talking about recent remains, Carbon-14 dating only works if the subject fossil is less than 50,000 years old, and it makes absolutely no difference “how much isotope was originally” in the specimen because that’s not what you’re measuring. You’re not measuring quantity, you’re measuring ratio. That’s how you date using uranium-235, uranium-238 and potassium-40, all of which have a half-life of more than a million years. You just measure the ratios with a mass spectrometer. But even that won’t help you with dinosaur bones, so you need to know the age of the sedimentary layers were the fossils were found.

    As far as your historical references, all of them were born decades after the death of Christ, except in the case of Pliny the Elder, who was still a young child when Christ was crucified. None of their works survive in original form and in the case of at least one of them — I believe it’s Suetonius — both references are in passing and both appear to have been added centuries later. And we’re talking about being added to a text that was already a copy of the original. It’s amazing what they can do now with forensic testing to date ancient inks. I’m not familiar with the references in the others but I do know when they lived — I just googled them. This reminds me of how the New Testament was put together. It must have been tough trying to edit that stuff to make it seem to agree. Even then, only two of the four books even mention the Jerusalem birth of Jesus and the part about a census is completely bogus. One thing about the Romans, they kept a lot better historical records than the early Christians.

    Which brings me to another example of the incredible ignornace of some Christians. The Vatican has announced that they will now do another of their once-ever-few-decades displays of what they call the Shroud! This is the same fake shroud that they paid millions of euros to two different independent laboratories to test for them to prove or disprove its authenticity. Both laboratories came to the conclusion that the shroud was a complete fake that was produced more than 1,000 years after the death of Christ. The evidence is more than compelling, it is conclusive. In fact, some of their conclusions are obvious when you examine even just photos of the shroud. Yet that isn’t stopping the Vatican. They’re going ahead with the “veneration” of something they know to be counterfeit.

  • Naja pallida

    Of course the article has an agenda, that’s what opinion blogging specifically serves to do. That is not what educational text books are supposed to do. Comparing them at all is ridiculous.

    There is a distinct line between simple accuracy and highlighting the things you think will serve your agenda. Instead of expressing that much of the movement was about protesting America’s wars of choice, they decided to highlight everything that they didn’t like about it instead.

    Fossils are not carbon dated. Though, you might want to consult one of your biology major text books for your concerns about carbon.

    Christians (well, at least the breed we’re dealing with here) are labeled as unscientific because they deny reality, even when it is staring them in the face. Science doesn’t deny the supernatural, it just demands proof. The word of a two thousand year old book, that has been rewritten and reworked by a hundred different authors over the centuries, with new parts added, old parts conveniently left out, does not constitute valid proof of anything, nor even postulate a working hypothesis. But the fundamental difference is that science admits it doesn’t know everything, wants to continually seek to find new answers. Religion thinks they already have them, and that they can’t ever be wrong.

  • gippa

    For being progressive and “tolerant” you guys sure aren’t very tolerant towards conservatives. Anyways, you sound like you like intelligence and a good discussion so, though I know the flaming will come, hear the other side’s argument…

    I am not going to say this book doesn’t have an agenda -it does, but doesn’t this article? I am not going to say it is not trying to imply things -it is. I am not even going to say it is good curriculum.

    But, I would point out the book never says the hippies were satan worshipers but that the music they listened to dabbled in these things. Was robert plant not intrigued by the occult? As for eastern religions, “hare krishna” anyone? Was it implying something about hippies? Yes, but was it entirely inaccurate? no.

    The dinosaurs. Christians are always the punchline when this topic comes up. It’s laughable, right? But why do fossils, supposedly millions of years old, still have carbon traces in them? How do we know how much isotope was originally in a dinosaur millions of years ago to accurately date them? But you don’t hear about these or the many other complications of long term dating and the fossil record, who has an agenda now?

    Ironically, Christians here are labelled as “unscientific” because we agree with literally EVERY experiment that has EVER been done showing matter is neither created nor destroyed. So where did all this stuff come from? Maybe something else is at work here? You call us unscientific because we challenge what is passed along at the universities and no one debates, they just take your tenure, fail you, and mock you on articles like this one.

    You say we are out of touch with reality because we think some writings are accurate that have incomparably the best manuscript evidence of any writings of antiquity. We can admit it, the bible is patronized because it has miracles in it – creation, a resurrection. Stuff we don’t see everyday, so does the Christian believe the supernatural? Yes. But does that make us stupid and unrealistic? I don’t think it does. We think it actually explains reality well, that there is a God who made an ordered universe we can study and explore – shoot, we pioneered genetics – and then redeemed it by sending a Savior.

    Can I prove the resurrection through empirical observation or repeated experimentation? No, and neither can you prove your theory for how this all got here. Where’s the experiment showing the development of new organs? Who empirically observed the makeup of the primordial soup or the early atmosphere? So take it as it is: a philosophical difference -not ignorance You happen to trust in professors who look at an incomplete fossil record with inconsistent data and extrapolated, I happen to believe a community of eyewitnesses who saw something extraordinary and world-changing, and wrote it down.

    I’ve gone through public school, I was a biology major, I have heard the arguments against what I believe. I challenge you to do the same. What do you do with this Jesus guy? Look at Josephus, Pliny, Tacitus, Suetonius, the Talmud.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.collis1 Jim Collis

    Cruising down the list of comments, I again paused at the most ignorant and stupid (and no, they don’t mean the same thing) and surprise, surprise, Mike, there you are again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.collis1 Jim Collis

    And for your information, the Democratic Party of the 19th century was the more conservative of the two dominant parties. That is not the case today and the frequency with which conservatives make the same type of citation in trying to conflate today’s Democratic Party with the party of the same name over 100 years ago, as you just did, only showcases your ignorance.

  • spit_in_the_wind

    You are not much different teaching children about human evolution… every book I have read is based on little or no scientific fact, but more based on personal opinion. Granted, this book teaches their opinion, but it’s not much more warped as human evolution

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.collis1 Jim Collis

    Perhaps before you criticize somebody else’s grammar, you might proofread your own, Mr. “High School school education.”

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    And I have three eyed, two tailed shrimp that will back you up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.short.528 Bill Short

    As an “Educator,” in Louisianna, what exactly have you done to confront this garbage? I do not recall any Bills from Dover in the headlines.When will you be Occupying the Board of Education for Louisianna?

  • KylaGWolf

    Eh considering the KKK was founded by democrats Mother Jones yet again didn’t get their facts straight.

  • tempest587

    Hi Monoceros. I would be happy to continue the conversation elsewhere. You can email me at my username @gmail.com

  • YesThat’sMe

    Well…..Once you realize how much you’ve been brainwashed and lied to, it likely makes you furious. At least that’s how I feel. I feel so much behind everyone else in life. It does take years to get away from and then if your family is still caught up in it (as mine is) you feel like something of an orphan because chances are they can’t accept your heathen self now. I know because I spent my entire childhood – K through 12th grade- in a christian school that used all these BJU textbooks. This school employed only teachers who were BJU graduates or graduates of very closely related colleges like Pensacola Christian College (publishes A Beka Books, “America: Land I Love.”) The school was literally attached to the church which was filled with graduates of BJU and similar schools. Then I spent 2 years at that christian fundamentalist mecca, Bob Jones U, or as my father calls it the “better-than-Ivy-League university.” Oh yes, did I mention both my parents went there too? These were very much cult-like environments with little interaction with anyone outside our bubble. The sad thing is, many of these kids grow up and don’t seem to worry too much about the real world. Head firmly buried in the sand, they go to BJU or the like, move back home, marry someone from the bubble, have kids that they send back to the same school they went to or homeschool them with the same lies they were taught/brainwashed using these sorry excuses for textbooks.

  • Ken Petry

    Please do not include banjo players in this stereotype, it’s quite insulting to this card carrying, banjo playing hippie. Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    I kinda see where an educated educator could be coming from, but golly gee, man vote these cretins out of office!

    Otherwise, your state – not you personally – will remain the laughing stock of anybody who believes in science over ideology.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DouglasLorenz Douglas Lorenz

    The problem is that Louisiana has made the definition of “educator” into something questionable. Saying that you are “an educator in Louisiana” doesn’t mean anything to the rest of the country. For all we know, you may be one of the people who are arguing that humans walked around with dinosaurs and that hippies worshipped Satan.

    That’s the image that the rest of the country has of your state, and of your educators. We all look down on you as being capable of doing nothing more than strumming a banjo, and if you want that to change, then work to change your state.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Williamson/1608880891 Michael Williamson

    To be fair, the Dems have their own version of that. “Oh, we’ll just tax the rich,” being the answer to every problem.

    I have little hope for the GOP to fix anything soon. The response of most of my Republican friends to this last election was, “We need to be even MORE the party of morality and restraint!”

    For various definitions of “morality” and “restraint” of course.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Williamson/1608880891 Michael Williamson

    The difference being that Ted grew up around them, and is being sarcastic for the sake of publicity. These people seem to believe it.

    The irony, of course, is that Ted in 1970 would be considered a “hippie” by these writers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Williamson/1608880891 Michael Williamson

    Indiana has a very good plant genetics program at IU, among a great many other programs and universities. Biology, engineering, materials science are all strong here, and we do quite a bit of research–Eli Lilly may sound familiar.

    That a handful of voucher schools (I’m not aware of any near me) are using this, doesn’t condemn an entire state. What’s it called when you judge an entire group by the actions of a few? Help me out here.

    FYI, the KKK was a product of the Democratic Party. It is unfortunately true that Indiana was one of the last strongholds…in the 1920s. Hopefully 90 years gives us a pass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Williamson/1608880891 Michael Williamson

    To be fair, there were violent members of gatherings that also featured hippies. The “eastern religions” statement is true, but I seem to recall something about a First Amendment.

    I have no idea where they’re getting Satanism. LaVey wasn’t a hippie. It seems they’re calling all 60s groups “hippies.”

    I don’t see any warnings about feminists and vibrators, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Williamson/1608880891 Michael Williamson

    True story. I saw Jesus ride that brontosaurus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    This is a subject of some considerable interest to me. Any chance of some discussion elsewhere? E-mail, IM, whatever.

  • blueoval429

    This is some of the funniest stuff I’ve read in a long time. The comments, not the story. Gotta agree that anyone going to college after this education is in for a rude awakening!

  • finette

    As an educator in Louisiana…I care. I’m so tired of seeing people like you dismiss entire regions of the country. Presumably we’re on the same side, sort of.

  • Wrenn_NYC

    In most cases (for welders, machinists, millwrights) it works like that – but AFTER a 6-12 month trade school. In the case of an industrial welder you come out of the trade school as a 3rd class— and most of these trade schools attempt to help you find a job upon graduation. You work up to 2nd and 1st class as your skills improve on the job.

  • Ednahilda

    I homeschooled my three boys, now in their late 20’s and early 30’s. Two went to college and are doing very well, the youngest started a business, is fabulously successful and now employs a dozen people. That said, there’s a lot of terrible, terrible homeschooling going on all over the place, mostly, but not exclusively, among right-wing Christians and there are some things I know my kids could have learned better in school.

    As for science, when the boys were in high school and studying lab sciences, I did the book work with them using real science books and I registered them for lab classes with an official science teacher who did the experiment part of the course in his well-equipped facility for a very reasonable fee. There were quite a few other homeschooling kids there, even a couple of really religious Christian families and one Muslim family. Good science education is not impossible for the homeschooled.

  • sandra

    ROFL! Guess they won’t use anything Created by those dirty ,Hippies! Celestial Seasonings tea, Steve jobs, Apple computers, Ben and Jerry of ice cream fame, Burts Bee’s products, and so many more.

  • lumenbeing

    Because they can still vote.

  • peakchoicedotorg

    I recommend the late comedian Bill Hicks and his rant about Jesus riding a brontosaurus. Google it.

  • pricknick
  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Or turn their backs on teaparty bubbas.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Anything for Prada—-anything!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “Home schooled were you?” Yez, in the two-fer reading Monkey Ward catalogues.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I am polishing that point on the top of your head bubba. Thanks for the laugh. Now, go outside and eat some grass.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yep 2+2 is not 666!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    They lost me at St. Benedict’s when the Bishop with heavy whisky breath was behind in placing confirmation names with the actual kids. So, I got named Marie Teresa—-so prescient. God works in mysterious ways.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I saw a big foot in the sand once at Black’s beach and followed it for miles in anticipation.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    If one resolutely and in a disciplined manner believes in one impossible thing a day, then one will go down a rabit hole and be born again.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Indeed. When Oswley ruled and Golden Gate Park smelled like Patchouli instead of cat pee.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    True, my tamborine is a fossil!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “or at least schools that teach the skilled trades,” Nothing like a corner on Melrose to learn a trade.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The fact that a cretin like Marcus Bachman can buy an online PhD says it all.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Don’t you dare diss Mamma Cass!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yes, exactly. In those days my demon was very busy going up and down my pant leg.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    So true, I was a hippy too and confess to being a spawn of Satin, but it is mostly an honorific title requiring very little actual evil and an ocassional participation in a PRIDE parade.

  • http://twitter.com/BillFromDover Bill from Dover

    Jesus Christ in an encyclopedia! This is Louisiana fer Christ sake. Who care what these inbreeds are fed as they will flunk out of their first semester in any worthwhile college anyways.

    Let them have their fun and then go on the welfare roles.

    Who (at this point) anymore, really gives a shit about this continually dumbing down of the south?

  • Whit Johnstone

    What about the pointed arch? Yes, it was invented by Muslims, but it was Christian Europeans who discovered the true potential of the form and raised buildings to heights that the Romans never dreamed of.

  • emjayay

    Gee, could that Shutterstock photo just possibly be four models dressed by a costumer and shot in maybe 2012 or so? Yeeeech. Did AmericaBlog pay for that? It shouldn’t be there even if Shutterstock paid to place it.

  • asher2789

    well in fairness…. publishing needs all the help it can get in terms of keeping up profits to maintain jobs. id be against stealing a book, but at the same time a $300 textbook is an OUTRAGE. textbooks shouldnt be more than $100 at most for the most advanced science textbooks – other books that need to be updated less often shouldnt be more than $50 really.

  • asher2789

    this is child abuse. can we sue the state?

  • asher2789

    “For-profit “colleges,” in reality trade schools”

    trade schools are good, for profit trade schools are bad. we need mechanics, HVACs, hair dressers, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, ect.

  • asher2789

    bell bottoms were evil though. they will forever be a sin that is unforgivable and an automatic one way trip to hell.

  • Whit Johnstone

    Not to mention that the best poet and philosopher of the late Roman period were both Christians. In particular I’m thinking of Botheus and Ausonius. The latter was also the male lover of St. Paulinus of Nola.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Daniel.Raymond.Spencer Daniel Spencer

    As a member of the ’60’s revolution, I can’t tell you how we were going to change the world. Peace, love, rock and roll. No more wars. Nirvana. After the war ended, thanks to all us hippies, we were demonized and pretty much driven underground. Then most of our brothers and sisters sold out and our generation has become as bad or worse than what we were fighting against in the 60’s. So much for changing the world.

  • http://fighttherightwingnuts.blogspot.com/ mike31c

    The failures of American students can be firmly blamed on ignorant gop policies and on stupid people who approved these US History textbooks.

    You want to know why American college grads can’t compete with the rest of the world? Look to Louisiana and Indiana…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rex-Visigothis/1476999001 Rex Visigothis

    OMFG! That’s me in the picture!

  • eahopp

    We need to find a blond virgin next week for our Satanic worship service.

  • samizdat

    Was it DaVinci who secretly autopsied cadavers to gain knowledge of the human body, contrary to the Catholic Church’s own directives? I doubt that any New America theocracy could be any less restrictive.

  • emjayay

    All for-profit “colleges” are scams. All the incentives are toward marketing and collecting as much money as possible, not content and education. All fueled by federal backed loans. Obama/Democrats have tightened up a bit, but nowhere near what is needed.

  • samizdat

    No worries…I’m easily amused by my own minor, trifling blunders.

  • emjayay

    There is no economic incentive to hire anyone who doesn’t already know how to do a job when the unemployment rate is 7 or 8 per cent. If it was 3 per cent you would see job announcements that say “will train.” Huge difference. Today all training, whether academic or trade, is on the back of the employee. Germany has a different system, which tracks students to academic or trades (something we might object to) and trains mostly for free, then you are likely to get a job. It’s based on a more guild and nobles etc. tradition.

  • samizdat

    Too true. My wife and I sometimes try to imagine how dense one must be to believe the things many Americans hold as truth. It’s impossible. One simply cannot fathom what goes on in a brain which refuses to acknowledge its own senses’ input.

  • emjayay

    Please stop spelling it “hippy”. Hippy possibly refers to a person with wide hips. Hippie is spelled “Hippie.”

  • Naja pallida

    Even sheep know better than to eat the poisonous grass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621836715 Kevin Schmidt

    Unless some cool kid turns the book into a pdf file.
    Then posts it online in a bittorrent.
    Then everyone else can use Utorrent to download it for FREE! FREEE!! FREEEE!!!

  • http://twitter.com/JJDevra Jessica Ferstand

    First let me say, that I do not disagree with the idea of trade schools. But what ever happened to good old apprenticeships? You learn on the job, get taught a trade and get paid to do menial tasks until you are ready for the position. That’s how it used to work, and that is how is should work now. Paying to get an education from a trade school that promises to find you a job after graduation and very rarely ever do…is BS.

  • perljammer

    It’s hard to imagine a real hippie getting upset about how hippies are described, because real hippies didn’t care about others’ opinions of them. If you want some insight into the “hippie culture” of the Summer of Love, get hold of a Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers comic book, and enjoy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Anton-Walters/1161551266 William Anton Walters

    It’s pretty hard to completely squash all advancements, especially in when necessity forces them (e.g. the Saxon king Alfred utilizing what is in effect army reserves and duplicating the longship style of the Viking invaders in response to the Viking invasion of southwest England). One could also be a capitalist while in the USSR, but the government in that system will attempt to stifle you. And the hegemonic control over peoples’ lives, pursuits, and speech by the church stifled the hell out of most scientific inquiries until the power of the church began to wane (hard to prove causality, but there certainly is a strong inverse correlation between church power/freedom of scientific inquiry-scientific advancements).

  • Naja pallida

    You can’t have a conversation with them. This is why we have an entirely new political class within the Republican party that is completely incapable of legislating. They live in a fantasy world that bears very little resemblance to reality. You can’t talk to them. You can’t negotiate with them. Only a tiny fraction are ever interested in educating themselves beyond the brainwashing they’ve hidden inside their whole lives. As much as I hate Karl Rove and those few like him, they are the only hope the party has of ever emerging from the rabbit hole. They need to wipe the current slate clean, and start over with a reality-based platform. Which I just don’t see happening, so they will continue to relegate themselves further into obscurity, and try their damnedest to take the entire country down with them, with every passing year.

  • barkway

    Except for the worshipping Satan part, that hippie description sounds like a lot of 8th graders I’ve seen around here. They will probably see them as heroes of history! Or ar best, fellow rebel rousers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Anton-Walters/1161551266 William Anton Walters

    “without any significant scientific advancements” does not equal “without scientific advancements”. You altered my statement. I understand there is something about “bearing false witness” in a book you revere as divinely inspired.

    A very slow advancement in the weapons of war (and implements of torture) doesn’t strike me as a particularly praiseworthy.

    Meanwhile, exploring questions of genetics, physiology, anatomy, astronomy, etc, could earn someone an execution (see Bruno). Don’t try to pretend that there was simply a loss of knowledge during this period; there was a systematic effort to squash inquiries into the functioning of the natural world. This is really deceptive on your part, and you should revise/expand your statement regarding the pursuit of knowledge and scientific understanding during this period.

    Invented the university? Maybe it’s in modern form, but what do you think the library of Alexandria was? Recreated is a more accurate word than invented. Invented the stirrup? I can’t claim any real historical knowledge of this particular item, but a quick google search shows many uses of the stirrup before this time period, as well as an eastern influence on the European usage of it during the middle ages.

    Finally, can anyone honestly assert that scientific inquiry (for the vast majority of fields that don’t involve improving our ability to slaughter other humans) wouldn’t be absolutely crushed under any form of theocracy?

  • FLL

    To expand on a point that Monoceros Forth makes in a reply to your comment, Norway was one of the very last parts of Europe to be Christianized, a process which began only after 1000 CE. Followers of Scandinavian paganism in Norway were tortured and murdered through the efforts of the Christian church, and the numbers are much higher than in other countries. Of course the Norwegian population is pissed about it, even to this day. What would you expect? And yes, Christian churches in Norway have been burned to the ground through arson.

    I think you’re making the wrong conclusion, Ghost Rider, considering that Bible-believing Christians are an ever-shrinking and increasingly unpopular minority in the U.S. Your comment makes it clear that you’re trying to pick a fight. I think it’s unwise for you to further antagonize the majority of Americans, who just want to manage their personal sex lives as they see fit. You may not like anti-discrimination that cover both religious affiliation and sexual orientation, but not too many years from now, you may be very happy that those laws are there to protect you. Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls, sweetie. It tolls for thee.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    Thank you! The notion that there was only a black night of superstition and stagnation between Romulus Augustulus and the Italian Renaissance has long bothered me. My liberal arts education was in Classics and not the mediaeval period but even that was enough to teach me that there was some continuity of scholarly tradition after Rome finally bled to death.

  • Bosfarcal

    From someone with an East Texas Pentecostal upbringing and four years of fundamentalist Bible college, it’s hell. And it takes many years to get out from under.

  • Bosfarcal

    “Whoever controls the present controls the past. Whoever controls the past controls the future.”
    – George Orwell.

  • Whit Johnstone

    Without scientific advancements- except for the stirrup, the castle, and the various improvements in armor, arms, and shipbuilding. Not to mention the invention of the university.

    I’m a history major, specialized in the Middle Ages. I don’t care for the American Taliban, but I’m not going to let people spread inaccuracies about a historical period. Yes, some knowledge was lost to the West after the fall of the Roman Empire, but what was preserved was improved continuously.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Thanks Bruce, that’s great stuff. Good articles.

    (Except the part about Nessie not being real. Perhaps you haven’t seen the photographic evidence, or the gift shops..)

  • SkippyFlipjack

    That’s a different book (although no less nutty) than the Hippies one, see my post above.

  • tempest587

    Indeed, advanced education in science DOES require advanced equipment and access to restricted materials (i.e. chemicals). However, the education provided in primary and secondary schools does not typically require anything like this. The most advanced piece of equipment that I used in my high school AP chemistry class was a single wavelength spectrometer to calculate the rate of a reaction, and the most advanced physics instrumentation we used were voltmeters. I’m quite confident that the education which I received in high school could be easily duplicated, especially today with the advent of home-based science kits like this: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jywarren/public-lab-diy-spectrometry-kit

    This is not to say that I in anyway approve of the bastardization of science which some parents attempt to engage in (claiming that we don’t know how electricity works or how the moon was formed, for example (see http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/graphics/science4text.jpg and http://www.learningthings.com/samples/BJU/222083.pdf). Science is more accessible than ever, but it requires open minds, intolerance of blantant falsehoods, and reasoned debate coupled with acceptance of evidence based theories.

    In short, it is not fair to hit any specific educational “model” as being inadequate (thus, I hope you can see that homeschooling can indeed be an educational goldmine if properly executed), however, it is fair to criticize abject indoctrination of ignorance, as opposed to exposing children to the wonders and enlightenment of science, math, and engineering.

  • Ninong

    Here’s an interesting bit of history for you, John, since I know you’re too young to remember this, but back around the time of the Summer of Love (1967) and the years immediately thereafter, hippies loved cheap wine (what we call jug wing) because it was cheap (about $1.00 a bottle) and because it enhanced the effects of pot.

    They pretty much invaded the French Quarter in New Orleans (where I was living at the time) and got loaded on pot and cheap wine — Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill, Annie Greensprings, Ripple, etc. New Orleans does not have a closing time for bars and drinking on the street is allowed as long as you don’t bother others or become a public nuisance. Trouble was these kids were dropping their Annie Greensprings and Boone’s Farm bottles onto the sidewalks and streets (Bourbon Street, Royal Street, etc.), resulting in oceans of broken glass that had to be swept up constantly by the Sanitation Dept.

    So that was when New Orleans passed its “Go-Cup” ordinance that required all establishments selling booze, beer, wine, etc. to go to have a little table at the door with plastic Go-Cups for patrons to pour their drinks into before going out on the streets. Remember that in New Orleans Royal Street is closed during the daytime and Bourbon Street is closed at night to vehicular traffic. In the case of Royal Street, it’s because there are so many tourists browsing the antique stores, etc. and in the case of Bourbon Street it’s because people were getting drunk and falling into or in front of cars, even though the cars were going only 5-10 mph to begin with because of the crowds from the sidewalks spilling over into Bourbon Street. So the city just gave up and started closing Bourbon Street to traffic in the evening.

  • PeteWa

    Neat moniker you’ve chosen for yourself:
    Ghost Rider is stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze, who, in order to save the life of his mentor, agreed to give his soul to Satan, he eventually learns he has been bonded with the demon Zarathos, a being who tortures and devours souls.
    It’s doubly interesting that you chose the name of a character whose entire existence is predicated on exacting vengeance, a ‘pass-time’ that the Bible (old and new testaments) very clearly says is the bailiwick of God, not man, as our motives are often (perhaps always) impure, compared to God’s.
    I love that your cartoon understanding of ‘morality’ follows your misunderstood cartoon moniker, thanks for the laughs at your expense.

  • Ninong

    Thanks, Bruce! Lots of interesting stuff. That’s the sort of stuff that is being taught in those fundamentalist schools that popped up all over the South following passage of the civil rights acts of the mid-1960’s, back when all the so-called “conservative” Democrats switched to the GOP. They may call themselves “Christian Academies” but their real purpose was to come up with an alternative to desegregation.

    It’s sickening what those crackpots are teaching children. For example, did you know that trusting in reason is sinful if it contradicts faith? You don’t need reason because the Bible tells you everything there is to know. You will only get in trouble if you start thinking for yourself and doubting the Word.

    We all know they hate Roe v. Wade but not many people know how much they hate the 14th Amendment, which gave full citizenship to African Americans following the end of the Civil War. They claim it was a violation of states’ rights, as was the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education. That was another violation of states’ rights and unnecessary because, in time, the political system would have worked things out. They blame that decision on Liberals being not willing to wait for the political system to work its magic.

    Did you know that it was a blessing to be captured in Africa and sold into slavery in the Americas? Why? Well because slaves in the Americas were treated to instruction in the Christian faith. “To help them endure the difficulties of slavery, God gave Christian slaves the ability to combine the African heritage of song with the dignity of Christian praise. Through the Negro spiritual, the slaves developed the patience to wait on the Lord and discovered that the truest freedom is from the bondage of sin. By first giving them their spiritual freedom, God prepared the slaves for their coming physical freedom. ”
    See? The Civil War was completely unnecessary and total violation of states’ rights. The slaves would have been freed eventually and besides, they could practice singing spirituals while they wait patiently for that day to come. I kid you not, that is what they are teaching kids in many of those voucher-funded Christianist schools.

  • nicho

    2 + 2 is whatever Jesus says it is.

  • nicho

    Actually, yeah. I don’t think they really “worship” him any more than many Christians “worship” Jesus — or even god. It’s something they do to make a point — and because they know it pisses people off. Many so-called Christians go to church and “worship” because it’s expected of them and there is great pressure on them to conform.

    Years ago, I was visiting some friends in the south. The wife and I went out for lunch, but first we had to stop at their dealer’s house to pick up some weed. She explained that the dealer and his wife — friends of theirs — also belonged to a swingers group and went to orgies on a regular basis. When we got to the house, the wife explained that the husband wasn’t there because he had to go to a Promise Keepers’ meeting. He was in sales –other than the weed — and in their locale, it was necessary for him to belong just to do business.

  • http://www.facebook.com/diagonaldog Patrick Earley

    I wonder what its like for these kids who are raised knowing only what these schools teach and then entering the real world only to find out its all a lie. Really sad to ruin your child’s future like that.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Oh, everybody will be dead from some simple disease nobody knows how to cure anymore. The rest will be using candles by then anyway, because that’s how peasants live: Ignorant and backward.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    And one’s pants leg to get caught ridiculously easily in the chain of one’s bicycle.

    My Ex (1st marriage) thought bell-bottoms were the height of fashion. Might explain part of why the “ex” part.

  • nicho

    We do — but the ones passing themselves off as “colleges” are that at all. They’re supposedly training people for jobs in which there are fewer and fewer openings.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Your bridge misses you.

  • eahopp

    It is not just BJU that is making a mint off selling student textbooks. All college textbook publishers sell their books for extremely high prices of $200 – $300 per book or more. Even worst, the publishers have gotten smart in new revisions of the book each year so students can not use last year’s used book for class. It is a complete racket.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Me too, Nicho.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    So true.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Obedient peasants and serfs don’t need education. Knowledge and critical thinking lead people like myself to look at the archaic religion they’re being taught and question its inconsistencies. Ignorant people are easily led, easily duped, and easily scammed.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yeah, well, the roots of the counterculture revolution of the 1960s were based on opposition to war, racism, sexism, and intolerance — and we can’t have that now, can we? Gotta regress, full steam backward!

  • 2patricius2

    Only one mistake. You could have done much worse had you been trained in one of those Bob Jones textbook schools.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    And interestingly enough, most of the arch-demons in Christian theology are actually deities from the religions they conquered.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dam.spahn Dam Spahn

    Sorry, we don’t ride dinos, we don’t love the Klan, and we don’t live on a flat earth. We don’t pine for the days of slavery, we don’t believe in beating or abusing women, and we don’t like paying charlatans to lie to our kids. We’re just funny that way.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yes. Same place, same people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dam.spahn Dam Spahn

    I knew there had to be one out there! If this tripe represents Christian morality, you are in big, big trouble.

  • eahopp

    Interesting that all the books listed here are from Bob Jones University Press. Are we also talking about the same Bob Jones University, the extremely controversial religious right Christian school?

  • baruchzed

    you sure sound like a sheep…

  • KingCranky

    That blather about the hippies fits Ted Nugent perfectly.

  • Drew2u

    How do you have an honest conversation when someone grows up being taught this stuff and has no other frame of reference? How do you tell someone that everything they know is true is just wrong.

    On the Thom Hartmann show (I think) last night, some guy called in and said, “oh, how do scientists know the age of the earth? Carbon dating? How do they come up with that?”
    Sadly Mr. Hartmann just gave a weird rambling non-answer when all he had to say was, “Math. It’s math. Ultimately everything science is based on is that 1 plus 1 is 2 and 2 plus 2 is 4.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Anton-Walters/1161551266 William Anton Walters

    Monoceros, I don’t think the fundamentalists care about facts, their children being competitive in the real world, or about the long-term economy of the United States (research is one of the few areas we are still strong in). In fact, it would be in their interest to have a complete collapse of the economy and the United States-Christianity certainly took advantage of the crumbling Roman empire (and we only suffered a millenium without any significant scientific advancements, at least in Europe, due to this).

  • Drew2u

    The voucher system is being pushed through Wisconsin’s Republican legislature. Skip that state and just go to Massachusetts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    Does anybody actually worship Satan outside of a few Norwegian black metal artists?

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    Thing is, I really do believe we need trade schools, or at least schools that teach the skilled trades, which get short shrift in my opinion. We need machinists, electricians, carpenters and technicians of all varieties.

  • nicho

    The whole “Satan” thing is understandable. Without Satan, Christianity doesn’t make any sense. The Christians really had to invent the devil — and hell. It’s the only way they could sell their snake oil.

  • nicho

    “Christian morality” is pretty twisted to begin with.

  • nicho

    Walked? We would have danced with them.

  • nicho

    We all do it. You type what you hear in your head. I do it all the time.

  • nicho

    The worst ones are those that are popping up in abandoned shopping malls. They’re basically trade schools that promise people “exciting futures” in all sorts of things. They get the students hooked on loans and then drop courses so the students can’t finish — or the students just drop out themselves, while being heavily in debt. And for those who do manage to finish, the promised jobs just aren’t there. How many “medical assistants” do we really need?

  • Not a sheep

    Oh God forbid that Conservative Republicans indoctrinate children the same way that Liberal Democrats do! Teaching an alternate history to advance a fringe idealistic agenda!? For shame…

  • nick

    I attend a public university in Boston. Even our school has “switched to the business model.” It damages everything. They keep admitting more and more students but charging more and more for the same things they have refused to fix for the last decade. It really is spectacular. Too much broken to even begin listing.

  • Macbill

    Don’t be too hard on yourself. These ramblings aren’t literature.

  • dula

    But no mention of Satan working through our government to engage us in a war of choice based on lies in Vietnam…which the Hippies, with all their Christianlike peace and love, tried to prevent/end.

  • samizdat

    Their?! Accch! T-h-e-y’r-e. So much for that Catholic grade/HS school education.

  • bintalshamsa

    As opposed to what? Do you really think that all of this stuff is produced down here? Think again! It is the entire nation’s responsibility to educate the youth. As long as we have a bajillion different groups writing histories, you’ll find ridiculous claims in text books. I’ve lived all across the USA. Eventually, I returned to the South. The racists here are much more tolerable than the ones that I had to interact with in other parts of this nation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    A double post from me but, I hope, a useful one.

    One thing I’ve always wondered about the hard-core homeschooling advocates is: do they realize that there are certain subjects, most notably the sciences, that can’t really be taught at home with a Bible and a partly-read copy of Atlas Shrugged? To learn science properly you need equipment out of the reach of even the most dedicated and well-provided private citizen to obtain easily. You need lab equipment and proper instruction in the equipment’s operation. The only way to provide that is by some sort of collective system. You can’t homeschool yourself a physics or chemistry lab on anything but the most rudimentary scale.

    So…how do homeschooling advocates propose to instruct their students in these things? Or do they really think that this is all useless knowledge and that the only purpose of education is to teach children to revere Christ and worship laissez-faire capitalism? Then where are our scientists and engineers supposed to come from? A curriculum of prayer breakfasts and Bible readings isn’t going to prepare any child for work in such fields–surely even the most doctrinaire homeschooler must dimly grasp this.

  • goulo

    Is your comment satire that’s not quite funny enough to work as satire, or do you actually believe that? It is hard to tell. Poe’s Law in action!

  • Badgerite

    Given, that I have heard Pat Robertson refer to Hindu prayers as incantations to call upon Satan, in their own minds they probably think this is true. More’s the pity. I, as well as all of my siblings, went through the Catholic school system and I remember my older brother telling us in hushed tones how the ‘communists’ (see bogeyman) would come and rip off our fingernails, But that, of course, was not taxpayer funded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mason-Shoemaker/1434064019 Mason Shoemaker

    article* sorry. I type like a man with palsy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mason-Shoemaker/1434064019 Mason Shoemaker

    your advertisers make it almost impossible to read the first paragraph or two of all your aticle. Ditch the coupon drop down ads. Free advice.

  • lilyannerose

    Keeps me wondering who is going to keep the lights on in 20-years?

  • wtfdaemon

    Poor sad Christian idiot. Typical of the breed.

  • Bruce Wilson

    Another thing — “America, Land That I Love” is an A Beka Book publication. A Beka Books aren’t merely used in Louisiana and Indiana, they’re used all over the US, and can be used by voucher and tuition tax credit-funded private schools in over a dozen states.

    A Beka Book curricula are very popular in the Christian homeschooling movement.

  • Bruce Wilson

    Here’s the research project which I participated in that dug up most of these interesting facts, back in 2011 :

    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/6/27/151131/081

    http://www.talk2action.org/story/2011/5/25/84149/9275

    We missed the bit about hippies though. That’s a great catch.

    There’s one fun bit you could add to your list – the Accelerated Christian Education science curriculum includes a claim that the Loch Ness Monster 1) is real, 2) has been tracked by submarine and, 3) disproves evolution.

    Here’s the Alternet post I did back in June 2012 that wound up spawning dozens of MSM stories on the issue:

    http://www.alternet.org/story/155926/the_loch_ness_monster_is_real%3B_the_kkk_is_good%3A_the_shocking_content_of_publicly_paid_for_christian_school_textbooks

  • drdick52

    I see the know-nothings have arrived. Home schooled were you?

  • drdick52

    Even as a former hippy, I have to agree that bell-bottoms were pretty effing evil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grindy-Stone/100002987975855 Grindy Stone

    Hippies walked with dinosaurs – it’s in my Creation Science book.

  • drdick52

    Oh dear sweet Cthulhu! As a former late 60s-early-70s hippy (and current college professor who teaches human evolution), I can only say that sending your children to those schools constitutes a profound form of child abuse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Grindy-Stone/100002987975855 Grindy Stone

    Students in Louisiana seem screwed either way. Move to Wisconsin or Massachusetts.

  • nicho

    “For-profit education” is a scam. It’s ripping off students and parents. For-profit “colleges,” in reality trade schools, are putting a lot of young people into serious debt with no results.

  • nicho

    God, I miss those days.

  • samizdat

    LOL! Look, the village idiot walked into the room!

  • samizdat

    I dunno, those hippies in the textbook look like their having a good time, and they seem pretty happy.

  • pgh

    i love it. i don’t know about the dragon one, but every other one absolutely has truth in it. Good writing. I wouldn’t want my kids to only learn half truths and these skewed views, but then I wouldn’t let them watch Fox news either. Pretty damn funny.

  • Ghost Rider

    Hippies were/are satan worshippers. The klan statement was there view and taken out of context for this article. There is also evidence disputing the age dinosaurs walked the earth. This article is nothing more than bashing and twisting of Christian morality.

  • Ednahilda

    I attended many, many homeschooling conventions in the 1990’s (half a dozen a year at minimum) and it’s no exaggeration to say that textbooks like this were the norm. To find a textbook containing actual facts, particularly a science or history book, was a rare event, indeed.

  • UncleBucky

    It’s mentioned in the Mother Jones article, and then with a few clicks, I went to Amazon.

    Book: BJU Life Science SET with Student Text and Test Packet by Brad R. Batdorf and Thomas E. Porch (2007)

    No matter where you go, this book is EXPENSIVE. Not only is it scientifically worthless, but BJU is making a mint for their other indoctrination efforts. Meh.

  • Ednahilda

    Can’t stop laughing.
    I was a little kid in the 1960’s and bell bottoms looked so cool, er, groovy. Mom and Dad wouldn’t let me wear them. Knowing the way Mom and Dad thought, it was probably the demon thing.

  • http://heimaey.us/ jim morrissey

    I wonder how they cover Watergate.

  • UncleBucky

    Another reason NOT to buy from, visit or even favourably mention the “South”. Southern Democrats or Progressives, you had better write histories that replace these Louisiana lies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    I know vouchers for private schooling are supposed to be amazing and wonderful because blah blah blah choice blah blah free market is always better blah blah blah. But isn’t it the crappy little fly-by-night private schools that benefit the most from such programs? So vouchers end up just being another form of wingnut welfare, surprise surprise.

  • Indigo

    . . . and it felt soo good!

  • Indigo

    . . . and played guitars. That stupid textbook left out the guitars!

  • SkippyFlipjack

    This seems like satire. Where did this image come from?

  • johnny w

    sorry, brain not working yet – I see the references and will look them up. thnx

  • johnny w

    Please post the book or name of the book, otherwise nobody will believe your article to be true or accurate

  • http://www.facebook.com/barry.g.wick Barry G. Wick

    And let’s not forget that some hippies wore bell-bottom trousers….the most evil style of the last 250 years….they allowed demons to sneak up the pants leg.

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