Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dan Fisher: This Is What Passes For A Legislator In Oklahoma

Oh, Oklahoma. Why … ? Why did you elect Dan Fisher to public office?

Fisher is a Baptist preacher who spends his weekends dressing up as a Revolutionary War era preacher to sell his book series about Revolutionary War era preachers, and now he’s also an Oklahoma Republican lawmaker.

In addition, Fisher is also behind a new bill in Oklahoma that would replace traditional AP U.S. History courses with a selection of sermons, religious sermons, a section on the Ten Commandments, and more than a few Ronald Reagan speeches because he thinks current history courses, while focusing on the positive aspects of American history, also tell takes about the negative side of the United States — like slavery and the slaughter or relocation of Native peoples.

Now, to be fair, kids in Oklahoma will still be able to learn about the Federalist Papers and other founding documents, the Magna Carta, United States Supreme Court decisions, Franklin Roosevelt's first inaugural address, and Kennedy's inaugural address, but after that time frame the curriculum includes "nothing from any Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson."

Bad enough, that, but let me make this perfectly queer: Dan Fisher is part of a group called the Black Robe Regiment, which is dedicated to helping "church leaders and laypeople" work against a "hyper-progressive agenda" and "network and educate themselves as to our biblical responsibility to stand up for our Lord and Savior and to protect the freedoms and liberties granted to a moral people in the divinely inspired US Constitution."

In other words: the Bible rules and the Constitution, and history, and Separation of Church and State, don’t exist. Fisher doesn’t so much want to clean up history of negativity as he wants to rewrite history to push his Bible-thumping agenda.

Oklahoma? Again, why … ? And if you cannot answer that question answer this one: who’s gonna pay the nearly $4 million it will cost to implement Fisher’s bill?

You, Oklahoma taxpayers, you; and you’ll keep paying for it and paying for it ….


the dogs' mother said...

You know... I think these guys use these legislative forays as marketing tools. They have no chance of passing but they get attention and sell their books, speeches, themselves.

anne marie in philly said...

another GOP insane asshat!

viktor kerney said...

This state!

Raybeard said...

Oh Gawd Almighty! Where s a thunderbolt when one's so badly needed? - and well aimed!

Helen Lashbrook said...

If you can't accept the things your country has done wrong, how can you learn to do better in the future. The British Empire was morally wrong and Britons have to learn to accept that and not sigh for our 'glory' days. Slavery and the maltreatment of the native Indians is something Dan Fisher should learn to come to terms with, not whitewash it out of American history