Controversy Erupts in Texas Over Bible-Based Curriculum for Schools

Right before revealing an extensive new elementary school reading program infused with Bible narratives, Texas education Commissioner Mike Morath engaged in discussions with a Democratic legislator at the state capitol.

Expressing concerns, Rep. James Talarico, a three-term legislator from Round Rock in close proximity to Austin, directed Morath’s attention to a lesson featuring the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus advocates treating others as you’d like to be treated.

Contrary to the teaching which barely acknowledges similar concepts in Islam and Hinduism, there’s no mention of Buddha‘s teachings that predated the Golden Rule by 600 years. 

Astrida Valigorsky/Getty Images – Texas Rep. James Talarico, a Democrat and seminary student, raised concerns about the Judeo-Christian accent in the upcoming K-5 reading curriculum in Texas.

“I find it quite egregious and believe it will shock many Texans,” expressed Talarico regarding the curriculum.

While raising eyebrows that multiple paragraphs discussing an age-old text in a lesson aimed at kindergartners might stir intense emotions, the scenario mirrors the latest tempest concerning Christianity in Texas classrooms.

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