I get emails almost daily from Ken Mercer’s campaign for reelection to the Texas State Board of Education. In light of the attempts to corrupt the history curriculum in our schools by an “expert” who he sponsored, I felt I had to write him a letter:
I had been considering supporting your reelection campaign because your opponent seems like a sham and an opportunist, but on hearing that you’re partially responsible for giving this fanatic Dan Barton a role in the textbook selection process I’m having second thoughts. As a historian I am deeply troubled by the attempt to alter our history texts and curriculum to promote a false and propagandistic version of the founding of this nation. Our most notable founders like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams saw organized religion as a major threat to liberty and would be enraged that the SBOE is giving any credence to the lies which Dan Barton promotes.
We have had enough trouble in our schools with the political left and the teachers unions filling the heads of our students with arrant nonsense and marxist ideology. However, to commit the same crimes against truth in the name of Christianity is just as unacceptable. When truth is destroyed then liberty will be the next casualty. The Republican Party has a history of standing up for the truth in the face of unprincipled opposition, and you shame the party and its ideals when you support those who would teach lies to our children and to children nationwide, adopting the tactics of tyrants in a covert assault on our constitutional Republic.
I hope you will consider how important it is that our children be given a fair and balanced view of history based on events and facts rather than any revisionist agenda, whether from the atheistic left or the theocratic right.
Precinct Chairman, Travis County Precinct 105
I have no idea if he’ll pay any attention to a lowly precinct chair, but if he persists in giving fanatics a platform for their efforts to indoctrinate our children with a curriculum of lies I will do everything I can to defeat him in the Republican primary and in the general election if necessary.