Tuesday, February 22, 2005


Glass Houses

Thanks to Dispatches From the Culture Wars (where you can find many, many more details on this story) for calling my attention to this little gem.

It seems, that while the religious right was busy mounting a campaign to label defenders of science as Nazis, they neglected to take a little look around their own glass house first.

Students at Cary Christian School, one of the largest and fastest growing Christian schools in the Raleigh-Durham, SC area, are reading a controversial booklet that critics say whitewashes Southern slavery with its view that slaves lived "a life of plenty, of simple pleasures."

One of the booklet's authors, Steve Wilkins, is a member of the board of directors of the Alabama-based League of the South, which is classified as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights group.

The booklet argues that southern slavery was not only sanctioned by the Bible but, thanks to the patriarchal kindness of their wise evangelical masters, a positive, happy, and pleasant experience for the majority of southern blacks.

Are we looking at a future addition to the Kansas curriculum, here?


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