It is a sad day for the teaching of American history in Texas. Unfortunately, we have a system that allows a dentist and others without any qualifications whatsoever to rewrite American history in a way that satisfies their own agenda. Fortunately, they’ve been honest about that agenda from the beginning. In the end, the state Board of Education failed to understand the difference between interpreting the crucial role that religion has played in American history and using history to advocate for a Christian world view.
No amount of prayer changes the fact that the Constitution and Bill of Rights are secular documents. No, I didn’t arrive at that conclusion through prayer. I had to read important historical studies by such reputable historians as Bernard Bailyn, Gordon Wood, Jack Rakove, Saul Cornell, and Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick. I think when it comes to understanding the past I will continue to do so.