The Mary Lou Bruner Story: Should Revisionist Historians Be Allowed To Write Textbooks?

The Civil War, slavery, and the Holocaust are all historic events, but from time to time some paranoid conspiracy theorists will deny they happened. We call this revisionist history, and it’s generally frowned upon, but one retired school teacher may be preparing to teach her version of history to our children.

Mary Lou Bruner, a retired Texas teacher who infamously said Barack Obama used to be a gay prostitute, is about to be elected to the state’s school board, where she will have the ultimate authority on what goes into student’s textbooks.

The Texas Board of Education has authority to dictate how publishers write textbooks for the state’s schools, and because of the state’s huge market, their influence can be felt across the country.

The board was given a D grade by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute after it changed the state’s social studies standards because they were too liberal, reports the Washington Post.

The document distorts or suppresses less triumphal or more nuanced aspects of our past that the Board found politically unacceptable (slavery and segregation are all but ignored, while religious influences are grossly exaggerated). Complex historical issues are obscured with blatant politicizing.

If Bruner gets her way, those textbooks may be rewritten again, this time with even more revisionist history.

Bruner, a Republican candidate for the Texas State Board of Education, received 48 percent of the vote in her East Texas district primary, setting her up for a runoff in May. She’s running against Keven Ellis, a chiropractor and city school board president who earned 31 percent of the vote. The winner of that Republican runoff vote is expected to beat their Democrat challenger.

The retired teacher started her career in politics when she walked into a school board meeting saying Muslims were trying to influence the policy of the United States by inserting false information into school textbooks.

Now, she wants to do the writing.

Bruner has a number of other conspiracy related beliefs she has posted to Facebook. She has since deleted them, but not before Gawker compiled an entertaining list of her wild statements. The Texas Freedom Network has also compiled a list. After deleting her posts, Bruner made her account private.

During an interview with Breitbart, she said she’s not about to apologize for beliefs.

I don’t intend to apologize for my opinions because I still believe my statements were accurate.

She believes school shootings only started after they began teaching evolution and that the Democrats had JFK killed because socialists and communists didn’t want a conservative president.

One belief that sounds a lot like the X-Files is her statement that the United Nations’ Agenda 21 and the One World Order have a goal of reducing the world’s population by 2/3.

She says sex education books read in schools aren’t allowed in jails because they sexually stimulate the prisoners; they’re the reason kids are having sex.


She also doesn’t believe in climate change, at least not as it’s normally defined, according to the Washington Post.

Climate change has nothing to do with weather or climate; it is all about system change from capitalism (free enterprise) to Socialism-Communism. The Climate Change HOAX was Karl Marx’s idea.

On the Civil War:

Historians waited until all of the people who were alive during the Civil War and the Restoration were dead of old age. THEN HISTORIANS WROTE THE HISTORY BOOKS TO TELL THE STORY THE WAY THEY WANTED IT TOLD.

While these paranoid conspiracy-fueled beliefs might make for good reading, should we really be allowing their author to write textbooks for our children?

The press is going after me with barrels of ink and I’m just one little person.

What do you think? Should Bruner be elected to the school board? Should she have the authority to select the textbooks our children learn from?

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)