South Carolina textbook combines Second & Third Amendments into one bizarre sentence

Yesterday, Glenn reacted to a story out of Denton, Texas involving an AP U.S. History textbook that contained a highly curious definition of the Second Amendment. The book, which the school district claims is merely “supplemental,” defines the Second Amendment as: “The people have the right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.” TheBlaze has since found a similar example out of South Carolina.

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“We were just looking at this textbook in South Carolina – oh, Lindsey Graham’s state – and talking about the Constitution and what it’s teaching our kids,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “They feel it’s necessary to combine the Second and Third Amendment of the Constitution. I don’t know why they feel it necessary to combine all of these things. Just write the Bill of Rights.”

A high school in Simponville, S.C. is using a textbook that combines the Second and Third Amendment into one singular sentence:

“The Second and Third Amendments — grant citizens the right to bear arms as members of a militia of citizen-soldiers and prevent the government from housing troops in private homes in peacetime.”

In a separate box on the same page, the textbook paraphrases the Second Amendment as “the right to bear arms,” not the right to “keep” and bear arms. And the Third Amendment is separately shortened to “freedom from quartering troops.”

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TheBlaze reports:

According to photos posted on Facebook, the history book is titled, “The Americans,” and is reportedly being used at Hillcrest High School.

The American Textbook Council (ATC) says “The Americans” textbook is considered to be a “widely adopted history textbook” in the United States for “general-level eleventh grade classrooms.”

You might also notice that the Second and Third Amendments are strangely grouped together in a confusion way. The wording could easily be misconstrued as to mean the right to bear arms is linked to preventing the government from housing troops during peacetime, which is not the case.

“There’s a lot wrong with it,” Stu said of the definition. “And everybody is focusing on the Second Amendment because that’s the one that’s really important. And the Third Amendment is the joke amendment because we don’t have any problems with quartering soldiers in our homes. However, that is still an incorrect summary…. basically, [the Third Amendment] bans [quartering] all the time and they don’t even mention it in there. Again, is it a huge thing? No. But why not get it right?”

“Why not get it right, and why do you have to put them together,” Glenn asked. The Founders didn’t put them together. They are not together. And by making it the same sentence, basically, to me, you could read this as saying, ‘Well, you have a right to be in a militia and have a gun to stop somebody from quartering somebody in your home.’”

“What they are doing is what they do with all of it – make it confusing, muddy the waters, so nobody really knows what it means. And then they are free to do anything they want,” he continued. “I’m telling you, we have lost your country. Because these textbooks, they have been found in South Carolina. They are found in Texas. I can guarantee you they are all over in New York. We’ve lost at least one generation. We have got to double our efforts to hold on to our children. Forget about the bigger picture. Hold on tightly to your children and to your own faith and to the things that you know to be true. And strengthen them.”

  • Draxx

    From a Butcher’s Standpoint, “Quartering” Somebody In Your House Is Already illegal…!!!

  • Draxx

    If Obummer is Currently Circumventing Federal Laws (especially selling arms to known enemies of the US), then one day before he leaves office…  He is going to announce that he will never leave office and he is going to Make The Bill Of Rights Defunk, Null & Void.  Then the None of the Amendments will matter, we will have to defend ourselves one way or another.  At that point the US Gov’t, Russia, Al-Quieda, Muslim Caliphates, Drug Lords, and Gangs; Will All Be Enemies Of You And I…!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    Liberals are at it again. They want to take our guns rights away be dumbing down our children.

  • Anonymous

    Where are the parents when this drivel is being taught to their children?  We chose to send our son to private schools right up through college.  He is very familiar with the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and our founding roots.  Why have parents allowed the government to have complete control to direct and educate their children?    Wake up and stop posting on facebook, watching what the kardashians are doing or dancing with the stars and pay attention to what your children are learning.

  • Anonymous

     Unless it’s a Muslim’s house.

  • Anonymous

    Since the Unions and Liberals seem to control the schools, they have a huge impact on what is being taught, and how. Only if we restore local control, and eliminate the useless Dept. of Education (read ‘indoctrination’) can we get back to teaching real history. Civics was big when I went to school, but can no longer be taught because it will contradict much of today’s brainwashing.

  • justathinker

    First amendment was incomplete also; missing “non-establishment of national religion.”

  • http://AskHuldah.blogspot.com/ Maidservant Huldah

    According to the Bible, are Christians allowed to defend themselves and their families? See article at  http://askhuldah.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-word-from-huldah-christian-case-for.html

    sign the petition at parentalrights.org

  • Anonymous

    Cliff Notes for teachers unqualified, too lazy, or unable to teach Facts or the Truth. 

  • Lorraine

    I’m re-reading “1984″ and am becoming more and more incredulous with comparisons to what is happening in our country. Yes, re-writing history is one step in gaining control.

  • Jim

    I wonder if that textbook has the same author, editor, or publisher as the one in Texas.

  • Anonymous

    IMO..the message here is the ‘COMMON CORE’  nudge to infiltrate the young minds of our kids to be acceptable to the Federal Government to be the ANSWER  to any & all their needs & not become individual  free thinkers to make whatever their  personal accomplishment  goals they seek.The BOTTOM LINE to taking & guaranteeing  our  & their own Constitutional Rights is by implementing the 10th. Amendment’s ability for States at the Local & National political level to join forces in the NULLIFICATION PROCESS.. Which, our Founding Fathers knowingly & purposely included to protect the Sovergnty (sp) of States &  avert the Federal Government from becoming a tyrannical  ‘dictatorship’ over  WE the American people..Just ‘voting the ‘bums’ out of office has proven  time & time again..no matter what party..ain’t the way to”GIDDER DONE”.. cause the newbies just get ‘co-opted’ like the one’s they were elected to replace..IT HAS TO BEGIN @ THE LOCAL & STATE LEVEL..IN ENOUGH STATES TO MAKE IT A REALITY!! We’ve done it before…as President Fillmore found out in 1850 re: bounty for escaped slaves..

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    this administration is one big blurry cancerous glob of evil matter.

  • Anonymous

    Gee, you’d think that the Bill of Rights is short enough — there are only ten (10 — count’em) amendments — that they could print it in its entirety in the textbook.  Maybe discuss it then and put their anti-Constitutional spin on it, but to print a lie?  Of course, if the kids don’t look up from their tweeting, they won’t see it anyway, so minimal harm done.

  • Anonymous

    Well, maybe their parents were brought up the same way and don’t know either.  You’ve done the right thing with yours.  Maybe they can reach out to their peers, who likely have lots of time on their hands waiting for “their” job to be handed to them.

  • Anonymous

    Does it become legal if it’s a halal quartering?

  • Anonymous

    Well, sure, give an edited/abbreviated version to the students and call it the Amendments of the

    US Constitution.  If none of them have seen a copy of the actual Constitution, how would they

    know that this isn’t the real deal?  Just bringing more ignorant voters into the fold.  Pitiful.

  • Bonnie Somer

    AGREED………………….WHERE R THE PARENTS IT IS OUR JOB TO END THIS DISGUSTING HORROR NOW THE PRESENT GOVT IS IN LOCK STEP W/THE UNION SCHOOLS LK HOLDER WANTING TO GET RID OF LA VOUCHER PROGRAMS IT IS ABT CONTROL AND THE FACT THEY WANT UR KIDS TO HATE ALL THINGS AMERICA: WEALTH, THE CONSTITUTION, GOD, GUNS, PROPERTY FREE MARKET CAPITALISM AND RIGHTS AND FREEDOM THEY WANT THEM TO B LITTLE OBAMAS OMG THINK OF THAT THAT ALONE WOULD STOP ANY PARENT.   OH EXCEPT PUTINS THIS IS WHAT WE R FIGHTING THE UNION SCHOOLS THE LIBERAL PROGRESSIVES AND WE AS PARENTS NEED TO DO OUT JOB THIS CAN B STOPPED 

  • Anonymous

     During Obama’s first campaign, Michelle Obama said “we are going to rewrite history…”  So, there you have it.

  • Anonymous

    This is yet another example of how liberals believe that teaching a child to THINK is a dangerous thing. Worse, leftist, progressivist indoctrination has now become the norm through graduate school. 

    When I was in residency and completing my PhD program, I learned very quickly that those who dared to express any viewpoint contrary to leftist thought was sure to earn vengeful attention from both leftist professors and students, most of whom had never once held a position outside of academia. The physicians who taught me were, for the most part, conservative. Not so in the PhD program. 

    This is the way of liberalism. They do not view it as unfair to fail the brightest minds in a classroom if those minds can conceive of concepts that clash with those of the leftist teachers. They do not possess any but relativistic, situationally defined morals and ethics and so do not consider unmerited punishment unethical or immoral. Worse, should the student present a virtually irrefutable argument supported by extensive fact and a well presented argument, it is a virtual death knell to their career. I learned to simply parrot and regurgitate in order to survive. 

    Most teachers now are products of this relentless indoctrination. They are taught, not in the ways of Socrates and Plato, but rather, in the methods of Mao and Marx. They not only feel no joy in seeing the growth of a student in learning how to fabricate and present an excellent argument and presentation. Instead, they feel that it is incumbent on them to mercilessly quash the very ideas, morals and ethics presented by students in order to deliver to society a properly “molded” individual who values conformity to progressive ideals and rejects morality and ethics as childish whims that are to be abandoned with the advent of what they have been indoctrinated to believe is both adult and enlightened. And all of this hatred, arrogance, ignorance and contempt is delightfully packaged under the category, “tolerance”. 

    The only way that this is going to be stopped is through the inculcation of parents into positions of influence and authority. It can only be stopped if parents care enough to actively inculcate themselves into the classrooms and homework of their children. I know very well what my children are taught. I’ve read their textbooks and familiarized myself with the lectures they give on that information. And when, inevitably, one or two teachers attempt to punish one of my children for stating what they believe and daring to back it up with fact, I go to war. I’ll back any teacher who insists on my children completing their work honestly and according to a definable standard. But I will relentlessly crucify one who attacks a child because they disagree with the content of what they present. 

    I can honestly say that, having taught university students and secondary school students in both public and private school settings, I feel a great deal of joy in seeing a student present a well reasoned and well written composition, no matter their opinion. I can feel little but contempt for a teacher who has been indoctrinated in the doctrine of the leftist progressivist of “the end justifies the means” who then attempts to teach through Pavlovian indoctrination methods. The bottom line is, school districts who choose to ignore undeterred, well informed and involved parents should face opposition and removal from office. 

  • Anonymous

    This is yet another example of how liberals believe that teaching a child to THINK is a dangerous thing. Worse, leftist, progressivist indoctrination has now become the norm through graduate school. 

    When I was in residency and completing my PhD program, I learned very quickly that those who dared to express any viewpoint contrary to leftist thought was sure to earn vengeful attention from both leftist professors and students, most of whom had never once held a position outside of academia. The physicians who taught me were, for the most part, conservative. Not so in the PhD program. 

    This is the way of liberalism. They do not view it as unfair to fail the brightest minds in a classroom if those minds can conceive of concepts that clash with those of the leftist teachers. They do not possess any but relativistic, situationally defined morals and ethics and so do not consider unmerited punishment unethical or immoral. Worse, should the student present a virtually irrefutable argument supported by extensive fact and a well presented argument, it is a virtual death knell to their career. I learned to simply parrot and regurgitate in order to survive. 

    Most teachers now are products of this relentless indoctrination. They are taught, not in the ways of Socrates and Plato, but rather, in the methods of Mao and Marx. They not only feel no joy in seeing the growth of a student in learning how to fabricate and present an excellent argument and presentation. Instead, they feel that it is incumbent on them to mercilessly quash the very ideas, morals and ethics presented by students in order to deliver to society a properly “molded” individual who values conformity to progressive ideals and rejects morality and ethics as childish whims that are to be abandoned with the advent of what they have been indoctrinated to believe is both adult and enlightened. And all of this hatred, arrogance, ignorance and contempt is delightfully packaged under the category, “tolerance”. 

    The only way that this is going to be stopped is through the inculcation of parents into positions of influence and authority. It can only be stopped if parents care enough to actively inculcate themselves into the classrooms and homework of their children. I know very well what my children are taught. I’ve read their textbooks and familiarized myself with the lectures they give on that information. And when, inevitably, one or two teachers attempt to punish one of my children for stating what they believe and daring to back it up with fact, I go to war. I’ll back any teacher who insists on my children completing their work honestly and according to a definable standard. But I will relentlessly crucify one who attacks a child because they disagree with the content of what they present. 

    I can honestly say that, having taught university students and secondary school students in both public and private school settings, I feel a great deal of joy in seeing a student present a well reasoned and well written composition, no matter their opinion. I can feel little but contempt for a teacher who has been indoctrinated in the doctrine of the leftist progressivist of “the end justifies the means” who then attempts to teach through Pavlovian indoctrination methods. The bottom line is, school districts who choose to ignore undeterred, well informed and involved parents should face opposition and removal from office. 

  • Anonymous

    Progressive education, if successful, will eventually educate the nation out of freedom and the ability to resist losing U.S. national sovereignty.

  • Anonymous

    Bonnie – You DO know that there isn’t a character limit here – right? Why are you abbreviating your words and why is your comment in all caps? If you are a parent, I shudder to think of how you could help your children with school work if you were never taught correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. Either that or you have suddenly reverted to a 12yr old who thinks text-speak and proper writing are the same.