A column in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Movie on PBS puts Texas in odd light, gives us a good reminder of what’s coming up tomorrow. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
An embarrassing movie about Texas comes to PBS this week. Yes, another one. This time, it’s The Revisionaries. But it ought to be called Texas vs. Science. It’s a documentary on how Texas school leaders write religion into science and history books.
The film is scheduled to run on Monday, 28 January — that’s tomorrow night at around 10 pm, but as they say — check your local listings. Okay, back to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
It “stars” Don McLeroy, an amiable dentist who rose to chairman of the State Board of Education even though he believes humans and dinosaurs walked the earth together — Flintstones-style. Yet he is not embarrassed.
“The way I look at it, it’s a good movie because frankly, it makes our point,” McLeroy, 66, said by phone from Bryan.
For someone like McLeroy, “Drill, baby, drill!” is more than a political slogan — it’s a way of life. Let’s read on:
As a young, Earth creationist at odds even with some in his own Bible church Sunday school class, he is portrayed as eccentric but sincere. His most quoted line from a 2009 board meeting: “Somebody’s got to stand up to experts.”
The National Center for Science Education ran an article about this last week: The Revisionaries on PBS. They say:
The documentary focuses on the events of 2009 and 2010, when the antievolution faction on the Texas state board of education sought to consolidate its gains despite encountering increasing opposition.
Among the familiar faces in The Revisionaries are Chris Comer, Raymond Eve, Barbara Forrest, the Texas Freedom Network’s Kathy Miller, Ken Miller, Texas Citizens for Science’s Steven Schafersman, Gerald Skoog, Ron Wetherington, and NCSE’s executive director Eugenie C. Scott.
We don’t need to say more. If you never heard of McLeroy or any of those other people, then on Monday night you’ll be watching The Crocoduck Attacks the Island of Naked Women on the SyFy channel. Otherwise you’ll be watching The Revisionaries.
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