The Texas Board of Education has endorsed 89 books and classroom software packages that retain or add “excellent content about our nation’s rich religious heritage.”

The ten Republicans on the board voted for approval; the five Democrats against it. Texas students will begin using the new materials next school year.

Board chairwoman Barbara Cargill is reportedly “pleased with the final vote.”

“The publishers stood strong against those who wanted excellent content about our country’s rich religious heritage not only revised but eliminated,” Cargill said.

Heavily debated passages include one that explains the Biblical covenant concept and how it became part of America’s Constitution. Another passage discusses Moses and the Ten Commandments and how these have influenced justice systems throughout the world.

52 college professors, as well as many liberal activists, adamantly opposed the board’s decision. One professor claimed, “your textbooks exaggerate and even invent claims about the influence of Moses and the ‘Judeo-Christian’ tradition on our nation’s founding and on Western political traditions.”

The Truth in Texas Textbooks Coalition plans to work with parents and students to decide which of the textbooks are most accurate.

Besides writing, R. McKinley loves reading (especially historical fiction and science books), playing piano and flute, being involved in politics and community, working out, enjoying nature, and hanging out with four wonderful cats.