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Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks For Revolting Patriots

Fresh on the heels of America’s Bestest Holiday, it’s time for another delightful visit to the world of Christianist textbooks, and as it turns out, they’re talkin’ about a Revolution, too. As we’ve noted in some of our earlier visits to wingnut history books, the editors of these books tend to be fairly straightforward when it comes to military history, and the American Revolution is no different. Both of our samples, the 8th grade America: Land I Love (A Beka Book, 1994) and the 11th-12th grade United States History For Christian Schools (Bob Jones University Press, 2001), present the conflicts and events of the period in terms that wouldn’t be out of place in a secular textbook — there’s no idiocy about God helping out the colonial forces with a bunch of “miracles,” for instance. It’s as if once the editors have some actual war-making to talk about, they feel free to set aside the Culture War that’s at the heart of the books’ agenda. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: American History Textbooks For Revolting Patriots…
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Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Haunt Your Home-Schooled Dreams

Charge up your Flux Capacitors, folks! It’s time for our weekly foray into the past — or at least, the past as it happened in the fevered imaginations of fundamentalist Christians. Our text is again World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective (A Beka Book, 1997). This book does, in its tendentious way, present mostly-factual history. You actually could learn a lot about world history from World History, even if you dismiss the Creationist nonsense, the relentless anti-Catholicism, and the obsession with connecting historical events to the ideological hobby-horses of the modern American religious right. We only focus on the craziest stuff here in our Sunday series. On the other hand, there’s also been enough crazy for five posts so far, and we’re only up to the 18th century. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Haunt Your Home-Schooled Dreams…
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Newt Gingrich Understands Martha Washington’s Rage

Historical novels aren’t like those Important Must-Read Books about getting divorced in Connecticut or that time your grandparents died. They imply that other times, other places, other ways of being, people who are in many ways QUITE DIFFERENT from yourself might be interesting and worth reading about, sometimes even more interesting than you and your addiction to ferret-tranquilizers (which caused your Connecticut divorce). The best historical novels are rich and entertaining indeed, but as with any other kind of writing, 90% of them are pretty bad. Which brings us to Valley Forge, a novel about the American Revolution partially authored by beloved American demagogue Newt Gingrich. Read more on Newt Gingrich Understands Martha Washington’s Rage…
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Celebrate, America! 74% of You Know What Country We Declared Our Independence From!

Marist University saw that the Fourth of July was coming up and decided to commission a poll to show how stupid we all are. The question: “From which country did the United States win its independence?” Marist was surely expecting only 2% of Americans to know the answer. CNN.com was also prepared for the results with a “more than 1 in TK Americans don’t know which country America declared its independence from, the dumb freaks” story. Yet America surprised them all! SEVENTY-FOUR PERCENT OF US know the answer to the question! USA! USA! USA! Read more on Celebrate, America! 74% of You Know What Country We Declared Our Independence From!…