Praise Jebus, I’m not in Texas watching the hearings as Don McLeroy is considered for reappointment as chairman of the Texas Board of Education. Yeah, Don “Someone’s got to stand up to the experts” McLeroy.

Praise Jebus also that Texas Freedom Network was there watching. And wouldn’t you know it, McLeroy brought the crazy. Asked about his desire to challenge evolution in science classes, McLeroy says:

I think what we?re doing is destroying America?s soul in science.

Set aside that he previously stated that his goal is not religious indoctrination, but I’m pretty sure that saving students’ souls is not a secular purpose in established Constitutional law.

The legislature is considering legislation which would strip the Board of Education of much of its power over textbooks, and I must say that the bill, SB 2275, can’t pass soon enough.

Comments

  1. #1 Dan Gilbert
    April 23, 2009

    Any legislation that prevents people like McLeroy from having an influence on the education of children in this country is a good, good thing, in my opinion. As long as SB 2275 doesn’t throw the matter from the frying pan into the fire, I’m all for it!

  2. #2 Doc Bill
    April 23, 2009

    It all comes down to exactly what happened in Kansas. A well-educated, well-experienced and well-informed writing group spent months writing the next-generation science standards only to have their work shredded in open committee by a bunch of morons led by a creationist.

    Note that in Kansas, following the state election in which the creationist majority became the creationist minority, the standards were voted back to the writing committee’s draft.

  3. #3 Glen Davidson
    April 24, 2009

    Set aside that he previously stated that his goal is not religious indoctrination, but I’m pretty sure that saving students’ souls is not a secular purpose in established Constitutional law.

    Yes, but the soul will be official science, if they get their way.

    True, it won’t be a secular purpose. Once science is hopelessly entangled with religion, there will be no secular purposes.

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/6mb592