We are busy watching Florida, and the ICR’s new “degree” in “life science education” in Texas, and whatever crap is happening in our own back yards, and we may be missing a dramatic development at the K-12 level in Texas: Social conservatives are poised to take over the Texas State Board of Education.
There is a primary in on March 4th, in which Barney Maddox, a conservative creationist, may take over the run against incumbent Pat Hardy for the District 11 (Fort-Worth) seat on the school board. This would shift the balance of power in the Lone Star (read Libertarian Fundamentalist Yahoo) state of Texas.
Maddox is a urologist who refused to talk to the press or otherwise reveal his stance on issues such as creationism. I guess he thinks he’s running for Supreme Court Judge instead of as an elected representative. But his position is fairly clear from his prior leakage. He has posted anti-evolution rhetoric on the Institute for Creation Research web site, and there is a letter to the Cleburne Times Review (his home town newspaper) from 2006 that shows his position as well.
He has also opposed comprehensive sex education (insisting that the current Texas policy of Abstinence Only policy), is a knon anti-gay homophone, and wants the Ten Commandments displayed in Texas schol rooms.
According to the Texas Freedom Network, a watchdog group, this would be the first time since its formation that the Texas Board of Education has had a majority of socila conservatives.
So, as I predicted a few weeks back, Texas may well be the next serious battleground state.