On radio this morning, Glenn shared a story that has gained major traction on TheBlaze. Controversy is growing around a U.S. history textbook used in a school district in Denton, Texas that has a curious definition of the Second Amendment.
“There’s a story on TheBlaze that is an absolute must‑read. It’s the most read story on TheBlaze,” Glenn said. “The question is how do you teach the Bill of Rights? Now, me personally, I think the Bill of Rights is pretty simple. I mean they are all like a couple of lines, you know? Maybe the quartering of soldiers in your house might need to be explained a little bit, but I’m pretty sure that everything else is pretty self‑explanatory. Well, not according to the textbooks now in Denton, Texas.”
According to United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination, which acts as a study guide for the Advanced Placement U.S. history test, the Second Amendment says: “The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”
“Oops,” Pat said. “That is not the Second Amendment.”
Below is the page from the textbook in question:
The Denton Independent School District maintains that the text is “supplemental,” and the schools are “disseminating the correct information on the Second Amendment” from other texts.
But, as TheBlaze reports, other schools appear to be using the text as well.
While the primary focus of the outrage has been on the description of the Second Amendment, Glen found another problem with the text.
“Here’s the First Amendment: ‘Congress may make no laws that infringe on its citizens’ right to religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Congress may not favor one religion over another (separation of church and state).’”
“No, there’s no such clause,” Pat said. “No such clause as it won’t favor one religion over another. Doesn’t say anything about that.”
“There’s no such clause as ‘separation of church and state.’ What are you talking about,” Glenn asked. “This is craziness. It is absolute craziness, and it is in a textbook here in Texas. Wake up.”