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Texas school board members dispute critics' assertions
GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)--Despite news reports to the contrary, Texas students will be required to learn about Thomas Jefferson and constitutional religious freedom guarantees, say two prominent members of the Texas State Board of Education.Additionally, "Nowhere in our social studies curriculum standards is America referred to as a Christian nation," said board chairman Gail Lowe, a Republican from Lampasas, Texas, contrary to claims in a March 22 letter to textbook publishers by the liberal Interfaith Alliance.
In interviews with the Southern Baptist TEXAN about new social studies standards for Texas public schools, Lowe and Don McLeroy, the immediate past board chairman, said widely circulated news reports contained numerous inaccuracies, including claims that Thomas Jefferson was left out of the standards, that First Amendment religious freedom guarantees were omitted because conservative board members reject the concept of church-state separation, and that religious dogma had crept into the standards.
The board meeting, held March 10-12 in Austin, made national and international news, chiefly because Texas buys or distributes about 48 million textbooks annually, influencing textbook content for most other states.
The Guardian newspaper of London claimed on its blog that the board was "rewriting history," an assertion of the Texas Freedom Network, which bills itself a "mainstream voice to counter the religious right." Read More
Q&A: Texas board of education chairmanGRAPEVINE, Texas (BP)--The Texas State Board of Education's preliminary passage of new social studies standards has created a firestorm of criticism, with some media reports repeating claims that they are full of revisionist history motivated by a right-wing agenda that denies historic constitutional boundaries ... Read More
Internet gaming bill opposed by SBC's Land
WASHINGTON (BP)--Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land has called on a congressional committee to oppose a bill he and others say would undermine current restrictions on Internet gambling. Read More
GPS, for small town's Baptists, 'something we've always needed' for outreach
TYRONE, Pa. (BP)--It's a small dot on a map, a three-hour drive south of Philadelphia and about the same east of Pittsburgh. Many of the 7,000 residents in Tyrone, Pa., are employed in meatpacking, paper milling, chemical manufacturing ... Read More
GCR could trigger ministry cuts in Mo.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP)--The Missouri Baptist Convention would be "devastated" by structural changes being proposed by the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, that group's executive director, David Tolliver, told convention staff.
If plans outlined by the task force in a Feb. 22 "progress report" were to actually become reality, the state convention would take a $1.8 million hit to its budget and suffer the loss of 26 positions now jointly funded by the state and the North American Mis... Read More
Ga. EC vote: CP 'historical and proven'
EDITOR'S NOTE: The article below was published March 25 by the Georgia Christian Index as a follow-up to an earlier report on the March 16 meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention executive committee. Baptist Press reported on that article March 17.
DULUTH, Ga. (BP)--The Georgia Baptist Convention's executive committee has endorsed the Cooperative Program as "the historical and proven method of missions support" for the Southern Baptist Convention and asked the Southern Baptist Convent... Read More
Nancy Shaefer, conservative activist, killed
CLARKESVILLE, Ga. (BP)--Nancy Schaefer, 73, a conservative activist and former officer of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and her husband Bruce, 74, died March 26 of gunshot wounds in their north Georgia home.
A daughter discovered the bodies in the bedroom of their home in Habersham County.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had ruled the deaths a murder-suicide in which Bruce Schaefer allegedly killed his wife, then himself.
Howeve... Read More