OK. This has nothing to do with being gay and Christian, which was a nice change for me, actually. My (and everyone’s) faith is a lot more complex than what relates to sexuality. So, enjoy—or don’t! I know I’m on the verge of complete heresy these days.
Earlier this week, the Texas Board of Education held a public hearing about the choice and use of textbooks in the classroom.
Boring stuff, right? Riveting for textbook publishers and educators, maybe, but for most Americans and even Texpats like me, this isn’t news.
It became news, of course, because the hearing resulted in a clash between proponents of evolution and young-earth creationists. Scientists argued to keep the same curriculum. A hodgepodge of Christians and Republicans demanded biology textbooks that taught a biblical creation perspective. And so CNN and every political blog in the country brandished photos and quotes from politicians, presenting the event as a real affront to education.
Whether or not anything comes of this, whether or not we’re just witnessing the last creationists in their death throes, I’m tired. This fight is old, older than the 1925 Scopes Trial. As a Christian and a Texan, I grew up on the front-line of the battle, and I’m ready for Christians to throw in their figurative guns (but literal too, while we’re at it) and surrender.
Read the rest here.