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School’s ‘Tea Party’ History Book Teaches Kids That Whites Envied the ‘Freedom of Slaves’

Americans United for Separation of Church and State are slamming one of Arizona’s oldest public charter schools for using textbooks that “actively promote religious interpretations of American history.”

The group claims that Heritage Academy uses two books by controversial author Cleon Skousen, The 5,000 Year Leap and The Making of America, which “push ‘Christian nation’ propaganda and other religious teachings on impressionable, young students.”

Glenn Beck has touted The 5,000 Year Leap as a “divinely inspired” take on early American history and the book has since become a common feature at Tea Party rallies

Even National Tea Party Federation spokeswoman Christina Botteri says the book is “a handbook of tea-party ideals… Early on in the movement, people would carry it around and talk about it.”

But the school’s principal, Earl Taylor, defends the books’ use, saying, “Our purpose is not to convert students to different religious views. It is to show them that religion influenced what the Founders did.”

Legal scholar Garrett Epps disagrees, arguing that “Skousen’s account of the growth and meaning of the Constitution is quite inaccurate.”

“Parts of his major textbook, The Making of America, present a systematically racist view of the Civil War,” Epps said. A “long description of slavery in the book claims that the state [of slavery] was beneficial to African Americans and that Southern racism was caused by the ‘intrusion’ of northern abolitionists and advocates of equality for freed slaves.”

The book includes an essay by Fred Albert Shannon who argues that “if [black children] ran naked it was generally from choice, and when the white boys had to put on shoes and go away to school they were likely to envy the freedom of their colored playmates.”

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  • Terry Collins Kelley-King

    never teach the truth it is over the heads of southerners

  • rogerrramjet

    Words fail me. The stupid runs deep in the teababbler party.

  • Ebony

    I don’t even know what to say.

    • Flava Futha Muckin J

      I know what to say; what a bunch racist, unhinged, christian fundamentalists and one of the main problems with America today.

  • lugnut

    Yeah, they envied the freedom of slaves so much, they started the jim crow era and lynched and murdered freed slaves and started the plantation system, that basically enslaved them again, with their slave wages and restricted plantation system policies. And if they envied that freedom so much, why did they fight the civil war? Did they immediately envy their freedom immediately after the south lost?

  • lugnut

    They had all the power, they could have changed places at anytime. They could have stepped between the cattail whip and the slaves back and taken that nice whipping they were so envious of. They could have taken the place of the little slave girls who were molested for 270 years. I mean if they were so envious, they could have easily put their 7 yearold in the bed of a grown man and called that child a “bedwarmer”.

  • Jamie

    So they think black people should be thanking them for slavery and that the white people freeing slaves from the south is what caused southerners to hate black people?? Shoudnt they hate white people then? Beings slaves was so happy and didnt want to stop being their slaves they should love black people. Did i even read that right? Please tell me im mistaken.

  • Unbelievable. I could puke.

  • cooter56

    So blacks has been lied to all of there generations…..don’t think we don’t know!

  • ursanegro

    i am unabling to can. omfg.

  • Kaylee6

    A “divinely inspired take on American history.” We may look to history for inspiration–for examples of people who were courageous and creative and selfless–but we tend to look to history for FACTS. If you want divine inspiration, read the Bible/Torah/Qu’ran/Vedas/Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. If you want to know what inspired our Founding Fathers, there are primary sources available, plus less biased secondary sources.

  • danbunderhill

    Hey, I could use a good slave. Any tea party persons want to volounteer?

    • Ron Minor

      I’m with you danbunderhill……….

  • grandma

    Words fail me. It figures that Glenn Beck’s name was mentioned. He’s an idiot who belongs in a loony bin. Everyone knows that! How can these idiots be so twisted? They must live in the twilight zone.

  • Kristal Wheeler-Gamble

    These motherf’#!ers are insane!!

  • Ron Minor

    Oh, Dear Lord, I also have no words. This is 2014, not 1860, right? Just think people what WILL happen if these people are elected to control both houses in November… Quite frankly, I am terrified. EVERYBODY needs to vote BLUE in November to put a stop to the crazies!!!