Texas State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, should retract her reckless and revolting suggestion that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is a traitor who "truly sympathizes" with enemies plotting to destroy America, the president of the Texas Freedom Network said today.
"No matter who you support for president, we should all be able to agree that Ms. Dunbar's disgusting attack is a shocking example of the extremism that has infected the state board," TFN President Kathy Miller said. "It's stunning that a board member who helps decide what Texas children learn in their public schools would say something so disgusting and reprehensible. She should be taking refresher courses in civics and good citizenship, not deciding what Texas kids learn."
In an opinion piece dated Nov. 2 for the Christian Worldview Network Web site
, Dunbar accuses Sen. Obama of sympathizing with enemies who want to destroy America:
"We have been clearly warned by his running mate, Joe Biden, that America will suffer some form of attack within the first 6 months of Obama’s administration," Dunbar writes. "However, unlike Joe, I do not believe this 'attack' will be a test of Obama’s mettle. Rather, I perceive it will be a planned effort by those with whom Obama truly sympathizes to take down the America that is threat to tyranny."
Dunbar goes on to suggest that Sen. Obama has no respect for the Constitution and as president would seek to expand his power by declaring martial law throughout the country. She also claims that Obama has yet to prove that he is a "natural born citizen" of the United States, a constitutional requirement for the presidency. Dunbar's opinion piece is available here.
The State Board of Education will begin revising public school social studies curriculum standards after adopting standards for science in early 2009. Those standards will determine the content in new public school textbooks. Because the Texas market is so big, publishers often craft their textbooks for this state and then sell them to schools across the country. ###