Texas Republicans: Board of Education Doesn't Have to Educate Citizens, 'Judeo-Christian' Values Take Care of That

Candidates for the Texas State Board of Education had puzzling responses to questions posed by a right-wing religious voter guide. To wit: the Board of Education is not responsible for educating citizens.

According to TFN Insider,  Republican candidates in this year’s State Board of Education elections “strongly disagree” with the statement that “it is the government’s responsibility to be sure children are properly educated.”

The iVoterGuide also asked candidates if they believe that “the more people [who] live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.” Republicans Eric Mahroum, Lady Theresa Thombs, and incumbent Pat Hardy all agreed.

On the other hand, the candidates “strongly disagree” that “efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.”

The trio also “strongly agree[d] that “free market competition for education dollars” would be preferable to a “government monopoly” on education—using vouchers from public tax dollars to send students to private and religious schools. 

TFN Insider reports that in the 2012 general election voter guide nine State Board of Education Candidates denied government’s responsibility to educate, six of whom now serve on the board.

Thombs, a real estate agent and “international evangelist” from Tarrant County, said at a State Board of Education forum last month that history lessons should be written by “experts, not people from some socialist higher education.”

“We know we didn’t come from monkeys!” she argued.

She also cited the Creation Museum in a Twitter post yesterday.

Raw Story reports that Thombs practices what she preaches: on her campaign website she tells potential constituents that she’s running for the Board of Education to fight “adgendas [sic] and ideoligies [sic].” 

Sources: TFN Insider, Star-Telegram, Raw Story


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