AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas State Board of Education has
added references to the "laws of nature and nature's God" to
curriculum standards for students in American history.
Conservative members scored a string of victories Thursday on
the second day of a three-day meeting.
They defeated an amendment calling for students to be taught
that "the founding fathers protected religious freedom in America
by barring the government from promoting or disfavoring any
particular religion above all others."
The board also agreed to strike the word "democratic" in
references to the form of U.S. government, opting instead to call
it a "constitutional republic."
Decisions by the board, which is led by social conservatives,
affect textbook content nationwide because Texas is one of
publishers' biggest clients.