Oklahoma's education secretary says schools should teach children "Christian values" and belief in God
Oklahoma Secretary of Education Ryan Walters said Thursday that the state's schools should teach students that they should lead Christian lifestyles.
Schoolchildren "need to know that America is the greatest country in the history of the world because of the principles this country was built upon, because we believe that individual rights were given to you by God, and because we believe that morality and Christian values are the way to live your life," Walters said, in a video panning "left-wing indoctrination."
Walters, an appointed member of Gov. Kevin Stitt's cabinet, is currently running in the Republican primary for state superintendent of public instruction, the state's highest elected education office.
Walters praised House Bill 1775, a bill passed by the state legislature and signed into law last year to restrict the manner in which schools can discuss topics like systemic racism, widely sold as a ban on so-called "critical race theory" despite not mentioning critical race theory, which is an advanced-level academic framework taught primarily in graduate and law schools.
"In the state of Oklahoma, there will be no state-sponsored racism," Walters, a history teacher, said.
"I am so glad that we will keep left-wing indoctrination out of our schools," he said.