Rally on the Steps of the Texas Capitol
By AMERICAN ATHEISTS
Added: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 23:00:00 UTC
DEFEND ... The Enlightenment,
Science and Reason, High Academic
Standards in our public schools, and the
separation of Church and State!
JOIN US ON THE STEPS OF THE TEXAS CAPITOL IN AUSTIN
Sunday, May 16, 2010 ~ 11:00 AM
Speak out against proposed radical changes to public school textbooks by the State Board of Education!
A religious-right faction dominating the Texas Board of Education is trying to distort the content of public school textbooks. This revisionist history includes downplaying or eliminating mention of Enlightenment thinkers including Thomas Jefferson; more emphasis on religious themes and figures (theocrats like John Calvin!); and even attacks on Darwinian evolution.
These religious extremists wish to turn our public schools into pulpits for sectarian preaching and an authoritarian social and cultural agenda. Their actions could affect the content of school texts in nearly two-dozen other states as well! We urge you to join us for a peaceful assembly on the steps of the Texas State Capitol in Austin to protest this outrage, and to express support of teaching solid science, balanced history and facts over sectarian religious dogmatism. Stop the Texas Textbook Massacre!
Signs and banners will be provided, or bring your own. Suggested slogans and themes include:
"We Want Jefferson Back!"
"American History for Texans, too!"
"Education, Not Indoctrination"
"Question Authority -- Especially When They Don't Know What They're talking About!"
WHO'S INVITED: Religious and non-religious secularists who want fairness and accuracy in our public school curriculum!
WHAT: Mass rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol, 201 E. 14th St., Austin, TX.
WHEN: Sunday, May 16, 2010 beginning at 11:00 AM.
MORE INFO: American Atheists (www.atheists.org) or
Kathleen Johnson (Vice President, AA) firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Zamecki, (Texas State Director, AA) email@example.com
(AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a nationwide movement that defends civil rights for Atheists, Freethinkers and other nonbelievers; works for the total separation of church and state; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.)
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