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  Part 24: Good End Times Man

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Book That’s Ready For Apocalypse, Now

Well, time tourists, we have made it to our final visit to our 10th grade textbook for homeschoolers, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective. This post will be a bit longish, because there’s a whole lot of crazy to cover between the fall of the USSR and the end of the world, but we want to wrap this book up today so next week we can read some Christianist Sex Ed. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Book That’s Ready For Apocalypse, Now…
  Part 23: Glasnost Half Empty

Sundays With the Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Neither Trusts Nor Verifies

As we’ve mentioned now and then, our 10th-grade homeschooling textbook, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, is very much a product of the Reagan era; even though its most recent version was published in 2010, it maintains the aggrieved tone of the Moral Majority types who helped Reagan come to power. There are some changes; for instance, the longish section on Grenada we discussed last week is down to a short paragraph (which still insists that the island was definitely going to be used as a base for a Cuban invasion of South America). Mostly, though, the textbook still allows us to see the world through a Cold War lens — even when it talks about the collapse of the Soviet Union. Read more on Sundays With the Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Neither Trusts Nor Verifies…
  Part 22: We Begin Bombing In Five Minutes

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Spins One For The Gipper

One of the nifty things about World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, our 10th-grade textbook for homeschoolers, is that the editors do not suffer from any uncertainty about anything. None of that nonsense about differing opinions and disagreements among scholars here — things are on God’s side or are evidence of depravity, and it goes without saying that only conservative politics are on God’s side. Needless to say, the editors find a lot to admire in Ronald Reagan. (Which reminds us — we need a little mood music if we’re going to talk about ol’ Ronnie.) We’ll wrap up the book’s look at the Cold War by spending this week and next with the man whose understanding of history was every bit as accurate as the editors’. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Spins One For The Gipper…
  Part 21: The Dumbino Theory

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Loves The Smell Of Napalm In the Morning

Well, here we are, humping the boonies of the Culture Wars, and one of the Things We Carry is our 10th-grade textbook for homeschoolers, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective. We know we promised we’d get to Ronald Reagan singlehandedly knocking over the Berlin Wall this week, but there’s just so much Cold War to cover that we’ll just have to wait another week while we get through some of the delightful proxy wars of the late 20th Century. And of course, let’s not forget to blame The Liberal Media for the sixties! Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Loves The Smell Of Napalm In the Morning…
  Part 20: More Red 'Bating

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That’s Better Dead Than Read

Fasten your seatbelts, Time Tourists, because this week, our visit to the world as seen through a 10th-grade evangelical textbook, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, will continue our whirlwind tour through the MADcap world of the Cold War (Spoiler: Reagan wins it through deficit spending and yelling at a wall). Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That’s Better Dead Than Read…
  Part 19: Blecch in the USSR

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Protect Homeschooled Darlings From The Big Mean U.N.

Be of good cheer, intrepid Wonketteers! We are very nearly finished with our 10th-grade textbook, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, which means that very soon, Saint Reagan and Jesus will come to take us home! (That, or we’ll delve into a sex ed book from the same publisher.) Last week, we polished off World War II, so this week, it’s time for the bestest clash of civilizations evar, the Cold War. So dust off your Civil Defense helmet, hunker down in your fallout shelter, and learn to love The Bomb! But first, a word about the United Nations, which is both a “colossal failure” and the “foundation for a totalitarian, one-world government.” Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Protect Homeschooled Darlings From The Big Mean U.N….
  Part 18: You Theocratic Bastard I Read Your Book!

Sundays With the Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Annexes The Sudetenland

This is another weird chapter in our fundamentalist textbook for 10th graders, World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective. Where much of the book emphasizes how the world has gone wrong by abandoning God, theological matters are almost wholly absent from the chapter on World War II. The editors don’t even say that God wanted America to win! For the most part, World History gives us a chronological account of WW II that’s very similar to what you might find in a secular textbook. Except, you know, for the parts about how Germans’ acceptance of the theory of evolution made Hitler inevitable. Read more on Sundays With the Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Annexes The Sudetenland…
  Part 17: Tell Me About the Free Market George

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Read In Your Hooverville Homeschool

As we’ve noted previously, our 10th-grade Christianist textbook, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, is a weird patchwork of preaching and history as filtered through late-Reagan-era rightwing politics. This is especially noticeable in the chapter “20th Century Liberalism: Retreat from Responsibility and Authority” which we wrap up this week. The God Stuff in this chapter is concentrated in sections we’ve already covered, starting with attacks on science, then moving on to the pernicious secular humanist agenda of philosophy and education and eventually finding good guys and bad guys in the arts. By the time we get to the economic boom and crash of the 1920s and 30s, the editors almost seem to have run out of preaching — at least about God. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Read In Your Hooverville Homeschool…
  Part 16: Are You My Dada?

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That May Not Know About Art, But Knows What God Likes

It’s Art Depreciation Day for Homeschoolers, as we learn from our 10th-Grade textbook, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective. After polishing off the dangerous liberal fads of “philosphy” and “education” last week, we’re now ready to learn all about how godless liberals tried to wreck culture through their pernicious effects on the arts! Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That May Not Know About Art, But Knows What God Likes…
  Part 15: Scary Thinkers Whose Books Are Dangerous (Or Would Be If Anyone Still Read)

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Ward Off Dangerous Modern Thinking

Greetings, Heathens! Welcome to another voyage into Homeschool America, via our 10th-grade textbook, World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective, and its staunch opposition to anything ungodly, and of course to most of the modern era. Last week, we learned why science is not really scientific (because no Jebus, duh); this week, we’ll see just how many other aspects of modern culture can be demonized in a few short pages! Let’s start with philosophy! Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Ward Off Dangerous Modern Thinking…
  Part 14: Doing Science And I'm Still Alive

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Knows All Science Is Prayer-Based

As has been pointed out, by this point in excavating our 10th-grade textbook for home-schoolers, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, we all know that the correct answer will always be “Jesus.” Nonetheless, we will press on, because it’s still a laugh to find out just how many problems with reality these guys have. As you may recall, last week, we looked at why liberalism is ther greatest threat to Western Culture (because not enough Jesus, duh). This week, we’ll look at why a lot of science is not really scientific (spoiler: Because not enough Jesus). Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Knows All Science Is Prayer-Based…
  Part 13: A Perfectly Calm Discussion Of Why Liberals Are Pure Evil

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Rescue Your Homeschooled Child From The Modern Age

Pop quiz, everyone! It’s a review question from Chapter 24 of our 10th-grade Christianist textbook, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective: “What phenomenon at the beginning of the 20th century threatened to destroy the roots of Western civilization?” OK, pencils down! Anyone care to share your answer? No, it is not “buttsex,” and for that you can stay after class and muck out the Pony stalls. The correct answer, of course, is “Liberalism.” We will give partial credit for “Marxism,” because same difference. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Rescue Your Homeschooled Child From The Modern Age…
  Part 12: Oh What a Lovely War

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Make The World Safe For Theocracy

Welcome to the 20th Century, time tourists! Our 10th-grade textbook for homeschoolers, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, would like to remind you that while science and technology are developing like crazy in this new century, the world remains a very very sinful place that has unaccountably failed to adhere to the unchanging norms of Biblical Christianity, at least as they are defined by textbook publishers in Pensacola Florida in 1997: Civilization had progressed so far by the beginning of the 20th century that it seemed the world could only get better and better. Little did people realize that on the horizon loomed two of the greatest wars the world had ever known. “Foolish Hu-mans!” you can almost hear the editors laughing. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook To Make The World Safe For Theocracy…
  commies under the bed

Sundays With the Christianists: A Cold War “World History” Textbook For Your Fallout Shelter / Homeschool

If you’re feeling nostalgic for the Cold War, you could do worse than to grab a copy of our 10th-grade text, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, which presents communism as an ongoing threat right now, today. As we mentioned last week, we’ve finally gotten a copy of the 2010 revision of the book, and you’ll be delighted to know that it is still every bit as Red Scared as the 1997 edition we’ve been using for this series up until now.* Like the 1997 edition, the lengthy chapter on the evils of communism presents it as a present threat that might set international dominoes toppling at any moment. This week, we’ll wrap up our look at the Red Menace with a couple of sidebar sections which explain, just in case the main text hasn’t made the point, why communism is very, very bad indeed. The first is an essay titled “Communism: A Negative System,” which informs us that Communism is a totally negative system — a denial of all that is true, righteous, and good. In its suppression of the higher aspects of man’s character, it unleashes the beastly aspects — the utterly sinful nature — of man. Golly! Say what you will about the tenets of national socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos! Read more on Sundays With the Christianists: A Cold War “World History” Textbook For Your Fallout Shelter / Homeschool…
  Part 10: Did We Mention That They Really Don't Like Marx?

Sundays With The Christianists: This ‘World History’ Textbook Is The Opiate Of The Homeschooled Masses

Welcome, Comrades! We’re still making our way through the “we really don’t like communism” chapter of our 10th-grade textbook for Christian schools, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective. So pour a nice glass of Victory Gin, hum the Internationale, and we’ll visit History’s Greatest Monsters, your Godless Commies. Now, last week, we found out that communism is just the worst thing ever! This week, we learn that your Commie has no regard for human life, not even of his own. For this reason the textbook wants to impress upon you the need for extreme watchfulness. It’s really sort of endearing just how much the editors want to make clear that Karl Marx was a bad, bad man motivated by, as they put it, “a violent hatred for God and humanity.” Because really, isn’t the study of history primarily about identifying who the Good Guys were and proving that the Bad Guys were cartoon supervillains? Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: This ‘World History’ Textbook Is The Opiate Of The Homeschooled Masses…
  Part 9: Marxy Marx & the Fundie Bunch

Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Redistributes Reality To Home-Schooled Children

So now that we’re well into the nineteenth century with our hilarious 10th-grade textbook, World History and Cultures In Christian Perspective, we’re getting to some of the pivotal Bad Guys from the editors’ closetful of nightmare boogiemen. Last week it was Charles Darwin and a collection of terrifying Victorian philosophers who advocated such radical notions as benevolence to the poors. This week, we’ll be tackling the monster that scares the editors more than science, maybe even more than the Pope: Godless Communism! And by this, we mean actual communism, not just all of the little bits of social reform that these nimrods also like to call “communism.” It is worth noting that, by the time this edition of the textbook was published, in 1997, the USSR and Eastern Bloc had already fallen, China’s economy was solidly capitalist, and the remaining countries that could be called “communist” could be counted on one hand. So of course, World History presents communism as the single greatest threat to freedom in the world, because after all, the UN still exists. Read more on Sundays With The Christianists: A ‘World History’ Textbook That Redistributes Reality To Home-Schooled Children…