YOU ALL KNOW by now that the creationism controversy in Texas is approaching a climax. As reported by the National Center for Science Education in this article: The next step in Texas:
The Texas state board of education is scheduled to hear testimony on the state’s science standards on November 19, 2008, and the treatment of evolution is likely to be a contentious issue.
“Contentious” doesn’t begin to describe the situation. At issue are the state’s education standards, which currently provide for teaching the “weaknesses” in Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist who serves as chairman of the Texas Board of Education, was quoted by the Austin Chronicle in this article: Texas Fiction Science, discussing the alleged “weaknesses” of evolution (bold added by us):
“I don’t think the evidence supports [evolution],” said McLeroy, a self-described creationist who believes that because “science is always trying to find problems with stuff,” evolution should not be presented as absolute fact. In McLeroy’s opinion, there are three major weaknesses of evolutionary theory that schoolchildren should be made aware of. He arrived at these conclusions by “reading everything [he] could get [his] hands on” and listening to podcasts.
First weakness: the fossil record. “There are gaps,” said McLeroy, that do not include enough transitional forms of life to support evolution. Second, McLeroy says there has simply not been enough time on Earth for the minute changes required by evolution to have taken place. Thirdly, McLeroy says the incredible complexity of cells proves divine design. Information contained in the genetic code is just too mind-blowing to have come from anywhere but an intelligent creator. “Where did this information come from?” McLeroy mused. McLeroy would like to see these assertions and more taught in Texas biology classrooms.
McLeroy is the dominant intellect on the Board of Education — make of that what you will. His opinions are in stark contrast to those of the professional scientists in Texas. For example: Texas scientists overwhelmingly reject antievolution arguments.
To prepare the faithful for this holy struggle, the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) have been churning out blog articles at a furious rate, aimed at providing the creationists on the Board of Education with their talking points. Here are just a few examples:
Darwinist David Hillis Recommends Imposing Dogmatism in Expert Review of Texas Science Standards (Part 1), and Darwinist Ronald Wetherington Recommend Imposing Dogmatism in Expert Review of Texas Science Standards (Part 2), and Darwinist Gerald Skoog Recommends Imposing Dogmatism in Expert Review of Texas Science Standards (Part 3).
To appreciate the titles of those articles, you should know that in Discoveroid jargon, “Darwinist” is a hate-word for someone who knows what he’s talking about and who therefore isn’t a creationist.
There were earlier Discoveroid articles on the same topic, too many to mention. Here’s the latest, from which we’ll give you a few excerpts, with bold added by us: Liberal Darwin Activists Spin Push-Poll in Attempt to Water Down Science Standards.
The liberal Darwin lobby group Texas Freedom Network has just published a push-poll of scientists titled, “Survey of Texas Faculty: Overwhelming Opposition to Watering Down Evolution in School Science Curriculum.”
What is stunning is the TFN’s jackbooted thuggery of threatening parents! Parents reading this should be enraged that liberal anti-science censors are now making veiled threats against any student that doesn’t toe the Darwin party line.
Jackbooted thuggery? Threatening parents? Well, the Texas Freedom Network did say that if kids don’t get a good science education, they’ll have trouble getting into good colleges. It’s all in the spin.
We read on, as the Discoveroid article criticizes the TFN’s poll results:
The report highlights five key findings from the survey:
1. Texas scientists (97.7 percent) overwhelmingly reject “intelligent design” as valid science.
Misleading: Intelligent design has nothing to do with the current discussion of proposed science standards.
Right! A fine example of creationist integrity. One more excerpt:
The TFN [the pro-science Texas Freedom Network] is trying to gut the TEKS [Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills], in order to advance their own political agenda in the classroom. The current standards with the strengths and weaknesses language have been successfully in place for the past decade, and there’s no good scientific or educational reason to remove that language.
You’ve seen McLeroy’s list of “weaknesses,” so decide for yourself, dear reader. To us, this deluge the Discoveroids are spewing out is nothing but prattle from Seattle, to rouse the cattle for battle.
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