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The Republican-controlled Texas State Board of Education is inching toward mandating that all history textbooks used in public schools be free from “liberal bias,” which means “removing mention of Ted Kennedy and Cesar Chavez from textbooks in favor of new entries on the National Rifle Association and Phyllis Schlafly.”

The board, which is made up of ten Republicans and five Democrats has been working on purging young minds from the infestation of liberalism for the past year.

The board has spent numerous hours hearing from members of the community on subjects such as whether labor activist Chavez and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall deserve space in history textbooks alongside founding fathers like Benjamin Franklin.

Also at issue is whether Christianity deserves more classroom time in the Lone Star State, and whether Abraham Lincoln deserves so much.

Last week, the board voted 7-6 to make some changes, so that the state standards will mandate that lessons include the causes and key organizations and individuals of the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including anti-feminism advocate Schlafly, the Contract with America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority and the National Rifle Association.

It wasn’t clear which grades would be affected.

In a written statement, the measure’s sponsor, board member Don McLeroy, explained why he believes the current textbooks are unacceptable and needed revising.

“These standards are rife with leftist political periods and events: the populists, the progressives, the New Deal and the Great Society,” McLeroy wrote. “Including material about the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s provides some political balance to the document.”

McLeroy also succeeded in making changes to how Sen. Joseph McCarthy will be taught, painting the man – whose use of Congress to investigate alleged communist behavior in the 1950s has been widely repudiated – in a more favorable light.

Now before you go and brush this off by saying, “Fuck them, it’s just Texas being Texas,” keep one thing in mind…the market for school books in Texas is so big that what they demand from publishers can often effect schools in other parts of the country who would then have to use the same fucked up books, all because Texas wants more guns and Jesus and less Martin Luther King.

Sigh.