Thomas Jefferson was a true founding father of this nation |

Thomas Jefferson was a true founding father of this nation

In a decision that is as breathtaking as it is dangerous, the Texas Board of Education has decided that Thomas Jefferson was not a founding father. The fact that Jefferson was a deist, not a practicing Christian, did not make him any less one of our founding father.

This decision means that education should be based on beliefs not facts. Beliefs per se have no relationship to reality. Selecting school textbooks or establishing public policy based on beliefs may provide believers with some sense of fulfillment, but the universe does not follow beliefs that are nothing less than superstition. That ordinary people believed for centuries that the sun circled Earth did not make it so. Such thinking only perpetuated centuries of ignorance and persecution.

The thinking in Texas is no different than Liz Cheney’s approach to trying the Gitmo detainees. Having decided that the detainees are terrorists, Cheney believes that they are not entitled to a presumption of innocence, much less to legal representation, in the proceedings that will determine whether they are in fact terrorists. She appears willing to scrap a fundamental American judicial right based on her personal beliefs.

Dick Sciaroni

Grass Valley

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