I urged Texas secession last week on the news that the Texas Board of Education had endorsed a resolution finding a "pro-Islamic/anti-Christian bias in textbooks."
The digital Pony Express brings word that enlightenment can still be found in Texas, thanks to an export from Bauxite, Ark. Many of you remember Mike Trimble, a veteran newspaper reporter who's famous at the Times for his memoir of his time as a Bauxite Miner football player in our magazine days.
He now writes editorials for the Denton Record-Chronicle and he's written a corker on the "mean and stupid" action of the Texas board. I recommend it highly. It concludes:
Islam and Christianity sprang from the same god, the God of Abraham and the Jewish people. Great good has come from both religions; so has great suffering. People have been fed, clothed and saved from bondage in the name of both Mohammed and Jesus. People have been persecuted, tortured and killed in the name of both prophets. It is the job of scholars to record and interpret these facts of history. It is not the job of religionists on either side to coerce their scholarship.
It would be presumptuous of us to speculate on how the prophet Mohammed might react to the vicious and brutal actions of the small minority of Muslims who now commit atrocities in his name. We do know that a majority of the world’s Muslims abhor them and condemn them.
We are a little bit more familiar with the teachings of Jesus, and we have an idea of how he might feel about the jihadists on the Texas State Board of Education who have used the imprimatur of the state to come down on the side of ignorance and bigotry.
It is found in the Gospel of John, 11th chapter, 35th verse.