Texas, WTF?

In Southlake, Texas, Gina Peddy, the Carroll Independent School District’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, advised teachers last week that if they have a book about the Holocaust in their classroom, they should also offer students access to a book from an “opposing” perspective.

What is an “opposing perspective” when it comes to the Holocaust? Would that be the Nazi perspective that the genocide of millions of European Jews during World War II was a good thing? Or would it be that the Holocaust was fake news and never actually happened?

Peddy, referring to a new Texas law that requires teachers to present multiple perspectives when discussing “widely debated and currently controversial” issues, told teachers to “make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust, that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives.”

“How do you oppose the Holocaust?” one teacher asked in response.

“Believe me,” Peddy said. “That’s come up.”

This new Texas law requires teachers to provide “balanced perspectives” not just during classroom instruction, but in the books that are available to students in class during free time.

One teacher said, “There are no children’s books that show the ‘opposing perspective’ of the Holocaust or the ‘opposing perspective’ of slavery. Are we supposed to get rid of all of the books on those subjects?”

But what can you expect from Texas, which now has the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. That law allows any private individual to sue abortion providers or those who aid or abet abortions in violation of the law. Successful litigants can collect at least $10,000. It basically makes bounty hunters out of “concerned citizens” who rat out anyone who in any way assists or aids a woman to have an abortion — even if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest — after six weeks of her pregnancy. Most women don’t even know they’re pregnant within the first six weeks.

Seriously, Texas, WTF?

46 thoughts on “Texas, WTF?

  1. Paula Light October 15, 2021 / 6:51 am

    What a nightmare. The whole country is being destroyed and I blame you know who…

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  2. VJ Knutson October 15, 2021 / 7:25 am

    While the rest of the world tries to move forward – socially, intellectually, etc – Texas leader’s are counting their bank rolls and dreaming of the wild west, apparently.

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  3. lssattitudeofgratitude October 15, 2021 / 8:03 am

    I am sure it is no surprise that this triggers me to no end. Having lost family in the Holocaust, how dare they say it is a controversial subject. It is a disgusting horrible historical fact. WTF isn’t nearly strong enough for how Texas lawmakers make me feel.

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  4. writerravenclaw October 15, 2021 / 8:25 am

    What a way to move backwards in time. The facts are the holocaust happened, and this reminds me of what the Nazi’s did at the time. Not allowing Jewish students to learn, and changing history to suit their point of view. Stupid doesn’t even cover it.

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  5. annieasksyou October 15, 2021 / 8:34 am

    The normalization of hatred and sheer ignorance that’s gaining a greater foothold in this country—not just in Texas—is appalling. Those of us who are horrified must speak out—and vote! I hope anyone who lives in Virginia realizes that unless you vote for McAuliffe, you’re voting for Trump. We must show that this substantial fringe is not America.

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    • Fandango October 15, 2021 / 8:40 pm

      It pains me to say it, but maybe this is America in 2021.

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  6. suze hartline October 15, 2021 / 9:21 am

    After being forced to suffer Texas residency (Military service) for over 20 years, I can emphatically state that THIS is all NORMAL. Texas schools, with the exception of a very few in the largest cities still use curriculum from the 1950s. I home schooled both my sons so they would have a decent education.

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    • Fandango October 15, 2021 / 8:45 pm

      Texas, and many other states, are going to be the ruination of our country.

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    • amoralegria October 16, 2021 / 2:56 pm

      Yes, and Texas sets the standards for the entire country because the textbooks are made there. Besides, Texas is not the only one. Many red states are watching what Texas (and Arizona, etc.) so that if the initial attempt is successful, they will come up with their own backward laws. Look at all the election “audits” that are being done with taxpayers’ money! They are all up in arms about “critical race theory” which is a lot of BS. Schools have been teaching about the sordid aspects of U.S. history for decades – a critical view of slavery, for example, is nothing new. But now these crazy people think the poor little white children will be “offended” about the U.S. being a racist country, and it has been since its inception. I don’t think most white people realized this, that the foundation of our political system was built supporting slavery (with “states’ rights”) and racism. It is so entrenched, but those of us who chose to be optimistic that we could overcome that past have, unfortunately, been very naïve.

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      • Fandango October 16, 2021 / 8:07 pm

        It’s a very frustrating situation and this country is being sucked down further and further by this kind of bullshit.

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      • suze hartline October 17, 2021 / 1:49 pm

        every single word you wrote is spot on. I live in Oklahoma now (can’t afford to go home to Virginia, I couldn’t even find a rental for what I get from social security), and our idiots in office are busily taking notes on the texas laws. I spend most of my retirement now going to their offices and complaining, writing letters, faxes, making calls and generally annoying the crap of them. Most frequently I attempt to explain to the morons that sep of church and state is the law of the land, women and minorities have the same rights they do, and to pull their heads out of their asses. At least I frequently see the same judge who actually likes me. sigh

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    • rugby843 October 16, 2021 / 5:03 pm

      Our kids were all born in TX but luckily we were transferred to Denver before they started school. We would have moved before they were if school age regardless of the job change.

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  7. rugby843 October 15, 2021 / 9:44 am

    No worries F, the TX governor said they aren’t going to allow any rapes anymore…omg, incredible🙄

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  8. rugby843 October 15, 2021 / 9:48 am

    And this law will allow the books touting the “white is right” and “slavery is super” perspectives to be allowed…think of the possibilities? There will be Proud Boy statues going up in playgrounds, KKK emblems and Nazi paraphernalia …how great is that?

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  9. RuthScribbles October 15, 2021 / 9:56 am

    🤦🏻‍♀️🙇🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🙇🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

    and I live in this g-d forsaken state.

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  10. Lou Carreras October 15, 2021 / 10:32 am

    Their power grid is bound to fail again and the entire state will try to immigrate elsewhere…It’s a toss-up for me to be compassionate, or insist on a cordon sanitaire to keep the wackiness contained.

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    • amoralegria October 16, 2021 / 3:02 pm

      Unfortunately, Texas is not alone in this alternate reality. Trump has unleashed the monster all over this country. Fortunately, they are not a majority, but we must be vigilant or they will take over completely!

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  11. Marleen October 15, 2021 / 10:40 am

    In Germany, where nazi symbols are prohibited, the white nationalists put up Confederate (traitors of America) flags.

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  12. Melanie B Cee October 15, 2021 / 11:22 am

    Holy sh*t. And people wonder why I don’t care to watch the news. 🙄 I don’t need further evidence the perpetually stupid are winning…. How very sad for Texans. Does that idiot woman know she’s dragging the rest of the nation down with her ridiculous decision??!

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    • Fandango October 15, 2021 / 10:25 pm

      They apparently don’t see anything wrong with it.

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  13. Taswegian1957 October 15, 2021 / 2:38 pm

    Well time travel is now possible. If you want to experience the Dark Ages just go to Texas.

    Liked by 3 people

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