Most readers know Dan Chiras as a thoughtful, inspiring, and well-mannered advocate of green building, renewable energy, and sustainable development. His many books on the subject like The Solar House , The New Ecological Home, and The Natural Home have sold thousands of copies and stirred countless citizens to take action. Dan has another side, too. He is a textbook writer. But wait you say, what could be less exciting than a textbook author? Dan’s currently taken on the Texas State Board of Education in a precedent-setting First Amendment suit filed in conjunction with the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice after the Board rejected his book for use in Texas high schools.Why? Environmental Science was rejected for use in Texas because it was considered “anti-American, anti-free enterprise, anti-Christian, and pro-Indian.” Was it? Absolutely not. The book told the truth about environmental issues, which the “thought police” in Texas deemed unfit for young readers. In their attempt to control the content of textbooks in Texas and nationwide, the Texas State Board of Education, spurred on by thought police of such groups as the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Citizens for a Sound Economy have mounted a massive nationwide campaign to tell America’s story the way they want you to believe it. Their plan is to crush the free and open exchange of ideas – to sanitize the truth. Dan and the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice are taking this case restricting freedom of speech in schools, which is vital to education in today’s complex society, all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary! And now, you will see another side of Dan: his astute, accurate, and timely political analysis. Dan’s fed up with the lies and deceit of the current Administration and here to help his readers sort through the facts and fallacies, and to hold the Administration’s feet to the fire, as it were. He’s taking on Bush and Company, the Republican-dominated Congress and Senate, the Right-Wing Social Fundamentalists who are taking over the Republican Party and brainwashing Americans, and the Corporations who are actively working to usher in a new era of American History, one that spells trouble for you and me.
Chelsea Green is excited to announce that Dan Chiras will be a regular guest blogger on the Flaming Grasshopper. Dan is a Chelsea Green author who has written several green building books. We would like to introduce you to Dan’s more political side.