Failed Texas Bill To Have 10 Commandments In Classrooms

CNN reports that an attempt by some Texas lawmakers to put the 10 Commandments in every classroom has failed. The Republican-controlled Texas State House failed to advance a controversial bill on Tuesday that would have required public schools to display the Ten Commandments in every classroom.

  • (ABOVE) Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who was then state Attorney General, attends a press conference celebrating a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing a Ten Commandments monument to stand outside the State Capitol in 2005 in Austin, Texas.


  1. Is it wrong to mandate the scripture of a religious tradition in classrooms?

2) Would it be appropriate to display The Golden Rule, which has appeared in many religious and non

religious contexts throughout history?

3) Instead of banning the ten commandments in classrooms, would it be a better idea to display it

along with the moral codes of many other world religions and secular sources? They are an

influential part of our history …

False Dichotomy

Darth Harley walked slowly with Darth Bowser as Harley tried to reason his way through a problem.

H: It was weird. Marty just showed up in a dress today and said he wanted to use the girls’ bathroom.

B: How do you feel about that?

H: I’m sure it would make the other girls uncomfortable.

B: It used to make a lot of people uncomfortable when white people married black people, but we now know there’s nothing wrong with that. People being made uncomfortable isn’t necessarily a reason to think something is wrong …

H: But what about sports? It’s unfair to let men compete against women in sports like swimming.

B: Then how can it be both right and wrong?

H: Maybe we’ve created a problem because we’re asking the wrong question. Worrying about boys who identify as females using the girls’ bathroom is only a problem if there are only two bathrooms. If there was an extra bathroom for transgender females, this wouldn’t be a problem. Sports are the same. If boys who identify as girls don’t want to compete against boys, then invent a new division for transgender girls. When they saw it was unfair for someone who was 6″4 and 260 pounds to wrestle or box against someone who was 5″7 and 130 pounds, they didn’t get rid of boxing or wrestling. They made different weight divisions.

B: It’s in seeing a false dichotomy that we can often find wisdom, Harley. It was a paradox that respecting transgenderism seemed both right and wrong, but this problem came from trying to fit transgender people into the traditional categories of either male or female. In seeing transgender as a new category on its own, transgender people are able to receive the respect and dignity they deserve.

Darth Harley Learns To Read

Darth Harley was sitting under a beautiful, lush tree taking in the warm afternoon sun and enjoying a Harry Potter audiobook. His master Darth Bowser saw what he was doing and, visually upset, approached Harley.

B: What are you doing?

H: I’m reading. I was going to learn to do it with my eyes, but read-aloud is easier, whether someone reading aloud to me in person or on audiobook. I tried reading with my eyes, but that’s hard. Actually, I don’t know any kids who read with their eyes anymore except for texting and facebook and stuff.

B: I see you have no marginalia for what you are reading. You’re just sitting there absorbing the book like a spunge.

H: What’s “marginalia?”

B: That’s when people used to read and make notes on the page of the ideas that were coming to them about the book, like what the story reminded them of, or how what they were reading connected to something many pages earlier.

H: Oh, I don’t do those things. With audiobooks you have to focus on letting the story unfold, so there is no time for relating or reflecting.

B: Audio books can be good for training you imagination to picture what you are reading, but there is much more to it. For instance, do you understand a book better the first time you read it, or the fourth time?

H: The fourth of course.

B: Why is that?

H: I guess because reading a book isn’t just like someone taking a walk and describing what they see, but also the different parts of the book are connected and so on a fourth reading you really see how the end is already an acorn in the beginning that is about to grow into an oak tree.

B: And non-fiction?

H: It’s the same in that later ideas are connected to earlier ones so connecting through reading in this way helps you see, not only the trees, but also the forest.

B: So I guess you want to trade in your audiobook for the real thing now?

H: No, not yet. This is a peaceful easy day suited for peaceful easy reading. I’m happy to just let my imagination create a world for me today. I’ll save the heavy lifting for another day!


When you read this article below, what do you thing are some of the most important points it makes about literacy?

Accepting the reality of a less literate age

Draw Your Own Adventure Darth Harley Pattern Book (K-Gr 1)

Page One: Help Darth Harley Find God.

Page Two: Harley is looking for God.

Page Three: “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Four. Harley looks under the table. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Five. Harley looks in the closet. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Six. Harley looks under the bed. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Seven. Harley looks in the fridge. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Eight. Harley looks in the basement. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Nine. Harley looks in the garage. “Where are you God?” asks Harley.

Page Ten. “God is good at Hide and Seek” says Harley. “I can’t find him anywhere.”