I guess this just goes to show how out of touch I am with things going on in Texas after being gone for almost three years. I didn’t know until I saw it on a ScienceBlogs homepage buzz that Chris Comer–who was forced out of her job as the Texas Education Agency’s director of science curriculum last November for forwarding an innocuous evolution-related email–is suing to get her job back. You can see the full lawsuit here. I think it’s always a bit risky when we put science on trial (as could easily happen here if this isn’t settled out of court), since it takes scientific judgments out of the hands of scientific experts. But, Comer is clearly in the right here, since not only was the TEA’s position that it “doesn’t take a position on evolution” absolutely absurd, but it wasn’t clear that she violated any TEA policy anyway. So, more power to her.