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Texas Drops Thomas Jefferson Like a Hot Potato
The Texas State Board of Education has decided to drop any mention of Thomas Jefferson and the Age of Enlightenment from it's curriculum. Jefferson was a Christian but also a philosopher and along with Locke, Hobbes, Voltaire, Hume and others was one of the most influential philosophers of his period. He was the driving force behind the concept of "separation of church and state" in the U.S. Constitution. In a bid to shore up the right wing (mis)conception that the "Founding Fathers" were "Christians" (as defined by the "religious right") and founded this country on "Christian Ideals" the Texas State Board of Education has decided to "scrub" history. One wonders why Texas hasn't decided to invoke it's state constitutional right to secede from the U.S. and found it's own nation since the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence isn't good enough for them.