Bible-Based Curriculum Says the Trail of Tears Was a Path to Christ


Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program to privatize public education has come under fire recently for spending state tax dollars to teach Bible-based curriculum. An August 7 post on, a news outlet covering the 2012 elections, took a look at the program and 14 "wacky facts" kids will learn under the state's new program.

One of those "facts" is that "God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ." The tidbit comes from a 1994 A Beka Book, which offers Christian education materials, titled America: Land I Love.

Another "fact" the schools will teach is that the Ku Klux Klan "in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians." That information comes from United States History for Christian Schools (Bob Jones University Press, 2001).

This is a recipe for disaster and means more of today's youth will be learning an incorrect version of history, especially Native American history.

To read the full list of "wacky" facts, visit

And to sign a petition to stop the program, visit

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tmsyr11's picture
Submitted by tmsyr11 on
An obvious tid-bit of information meant to stir RACIAL AGITITATION and confuse the READER in associating Gov. Bobby Jindal with the KKK It no wonder "ICTMN Staff" is listed as the author because no-one wants to take ownership of this article>

49indian's picture
Submitted by 49indian on
No its bigots like him and apparently ignorant fools like you that cause the agitation

basnavely's picture
Submitted by basnavely on
Simply checking out the cited "Wacky Facts" Mother Jones published suggests a great deal more is at issue than "racial agititation" (sic). Should the ICTMN Staff wish to abdicate authorship, they have my permission to use my name.

milesb's picture
Submitted by milesb on
I dunno, with the recent events surrounding Ohio and Pennsylvania's voter laws (especially Ohio), this doesn't surprise me. Seems like a certain faction in America wants it their way or the highway.

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Submitted by chico2dc on
is this a surprise?....a few years back Jindal gave the rebuttle to the Presidents " state of the Union address" at the capital of the confederacy, Richmond Virginia....theres only one way to interprete that.

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Submitted by gsevalikova on
Is any person surprised to see Fascist literature like this in the south? You should know about Family Life today and White Horse Inn, two media outlets that promote the "fundie" worldview. They have made inroads in russia also, and encourage parents there to beat children to make them "good." Don't allow this,and please notify papers like the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Times,too. The same bunch are also promoting Armageddon, which HORRIFIES us expats here in America! There is a great website that opposes abuse by/on christians and others,

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Submitted by darkfoxv on
I think their curriculum needs to be updated.. regardless of whether or not some souls were saved durring the march, one has to come to the conclusion it was neither the most effective or reasonable way this could have happened... obviously, you can't save the dead & if you kill xxxxxxx amountof people by milling them into the ground, how would they be saved? the event IS a terrible abomination, and while there might be some truth in some gaining salvation durring the roughs, it's poor to think that this was because & only because of the march.. as for the kkk, they have a large enough group that they could have had members who did those things, but honestly, who & what the kkk are is poorly enough explained in all schools, the fact that they haven't been one single group thru history is something most wouldn't realise. They obviously shouldn't be being praised and whether or not any members did those things should only be looked at with a larger better picture on the group, one even I don't have,terrorism is their most notable action. & they used a burning cross I think that has the meaning of declaring war.. something stolen from the isles~