Friday, October 26, 2007

An editorial in today's Bakersfield Californian offers upo an alternative the Chad Vegas' idea...

Here's an alternative: Create a donation-financed freedom shrine on each campus in the district -- a centrally located spot frequented by students where the founding documents proposed by Vegas might be displayed in perpetuity.

Sponsors might add additional documents to the mix, rotating them among the campuses over time: the Treaty of Paris (ending the Revolutionary War), George Washington's farewell address, the Monroe Doctrine, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (authorizing women's right to vote), Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, the text of Brown v. Board of Education (written in 1954 by Chief Justice Earl Warren), John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, etc.

Gee, what a fine idea. Except I know, you all know and even Chad Vegas knows, that isn't what he wants. He and fellow evangelical Ms. Sullivan have an agenda and it's not history. Besides, if I recall, US History is still a required high school course.



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