Peter Marshall senior was someone, as a young Christian, I had the deepest regards for, but I’m not sure I agree with his son on this matter of adding to, or modifying American history curriculum. It sounds too much like the on-going attempt to change the United States from a democracy into a theocracy: in the same manner in which the recent American Patriot’s Bible, (see: “American Patriot’s Bible” Draws Strong Criticism) attempts to do by replacing biblical Christianity with a nationalistic form of Christianity.
He states in the article at the Christian Post, (Texas Debates Adding Religion to U.S. History Curriculum)
“Our children need to know the truth about how our country got started,”
And I agree. But if our children are to be taught the whole truth, then we cannot omit other, not so “Christian” aspects of our Nation’s founding, settling, and early history. Like millions of displaced (or exterminated) Native Americans, or the years in which slavery was accepted as the norm. Many of those who avowed a belief and faith in God, were actively involved in both.
In other words, don’t just paint a partial or distorted picture concerning our history; for like all Nations, some of our historic moments are memorable for the good which occurred, while other moments in our history are memorable for other reasons, not so ‘good’.
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