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Oklahoma Education

Jon Rosenberg
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It really is true. An Oklahoma legislator is successfully pushing a bill to ban the teaching of an advanced American History course because it is not patriotic enough. He claims that the AP history course focuses on “what is bad about America” and fails to teach “American exceptionalism”. Considering that Oklahoma was the destination of the infamous “Trail of Tears”, rewriting their history to avoid negative things might be a bit difficult.

The bill also includes a long list of documents that would be required to be taught, including several Christian sermons like “A Model of Christian Charity”, and “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”.

The bill’s sponsor is part of a group that is dedicated to tearing down the “false wall of separation of church and state.” So apparently he isn’t very well acquainted with actual US history.



  1. ralph wrote:

    “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross”. -Sinclair Lewis, 1935

    Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 7:51 am | Permalink
  2. bard wrote:

    Somewhat OK Related:

    Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 9:39 am | Permalink
  3. Dan wrote:

    Perhaps when Texas secedes we can give them Oklahoma as a parting gift. Democracy at work, never mind to Constitution, an idea no worse then getting rid of the “Civil War amendments” because we don’t need them anymore.

    Friday, February 27, 2015 at 9:15 am | Permalink
  4. Dan wrote:

    “When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled ‘made in Germany’; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, ‘Americanism’” – An uncredited New York Times reporter covering Halford E. Luccock in an article published September 12, 1938.

    Friday, February 27, 2015 at 9:20 am | Permalink
  5. redjon wrote:

    Some of us in America seem to have confused patriotism with “jingoism.”

    Monday, March 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm | Permalink