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Texas debates how history will be taught

By the Associated Press Modified: January 14, 2010 at 8:23 am •  Published: January 14, 2010
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/articleid/3431952/1/pictures/817702">Photo - University of Texas student Roberto Flotte, left, and state Rep. Norma Chavez, D-El Paso, talk after Chavez asked the State Board of Education to require curricula including more Hispanic figures at a hearing on new social studies curriculum standards on Wednesday in Austin, Texas. AP Photo
University of Texas student Roberto Flotte, left, and state Rep. Norma Chavez, D-El Paso, talk after Chavez asked the State Board of Education to require curricula including more Hispanic figures at a hearing on new social studies curriculum standards on Wednesday in Austin, Texas. AP Photo
"I know a little bit about Christianity, I would like other people to know about my religion as well.”

Shammi Gill of Houston presented a petition signed by hundreds, seeking more discussion of Sikhism.

Much of the conversation turned to how much emphasis will be given to the beliefs of the nation’s founding fathers, with some lobbying to promote their Christianity. Others who promote the separation of church and state prepared for battle.

"An education without some understanding of the profound role of religion in our nation’s history and its contributions to our nation’s success is an incomplete education and our courts have often said as much,” said Derek Davis, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

"What violates the Constitution is presenting material that either prefers Christianity over other faiths or depicts the United States as a Christian nation in some legal or constitutional sense.”

More than 130 people signed up to testify Wednesday.

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