May 4, 2010
Smalley to Speak at the State Capitol
I will have the pleasure and great honor of speaking at the State Capitol building in Austin, Texas on May 16th, in my support of the Texans for Truthful Textbooks Rally. I'll be joining my good friends Dr. Ed Buckner, Kathleen Johnson, and many more that are standing up for the education of children.
Regardless of your religious beliefs, you must agree that it's not okay rewrite history. These things shouldn't be slanted either way because our schools are PUBLIC, and paid for by Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Jews, Agnostics, Hindus, and every other culture, belief, or unbelief you could possibly imagine.
Shouldn't history be historical? What could the conservatives possibly do to skew history?
Ridiculous actions such as removing Thomas Jefferson from being an 'enlightenment thinker' and mentioning all of the First Amendment except for laws against respecting an establishment of religion, are just two of the more than 100 amendments being made to the history books that your kids will be learning from.
Words like 'democratic' are being removed, and replaced with 'Constitutional republic,' to describe our country. Christian figures such as Moses are being emphasized, along with the "leadership qualities" being praised of Confederate General, Stonewall Jackson—who of course, was fighting to keep slaves. What a leader!
As you'll see in the video below, they're even pushing the "cultural value" of country music! This is one of the biggest conservative, right-wing slaps in the face that we've had in my life time, and I won't take it lying down. My children's future is at stake.
Think just Texas is affected? Wrong. Because Texas has nearly 5 million students, it's a major player in the textbook industry—so what Texas wants, most of the nation gets.
I hope you'll do some research on this topic (I've provided some news links below) and join me in Austin on Sunday May 16th on South Steps of the Texas State Capitol before the final vote on May 17th, that could finalize what the Texas Board of Education has voted to do to our children.
CNN VIDEO | NY TIMES | AOL NEWS | WASHINGTON POST | HUFFINGTON POST